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Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 973280, 12 pages
Review Article

Surfactant Modified/Mediated Thin-Layer Chromatographic Systems for the Analysis of Amino Acids

1Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science-North Jeddah, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
2School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
3Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
4Analytical Research Laboratory, Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002, India

Received 12 July 2013; Accepted 25 October 2013

Academic Editor: Sinem Göktürk

Copyright © 2013 Showkat A. Bhawani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This review incorporates a large number of chromatographic systems modified by the surfactants. A large number of solvent systems and stationary phases are summarized in this paper. Three different kinds of surfactants (anionic, cationic, and nonionic) are used as modifiers for stationary phases as well as solvent systems. Surfactants are used at all the three different concentration levels (below, above, and at critical micelle concentration) where surfactants behave differently. Modifications of both stationary phases and solvent systems by surfactants produced a new generation of chromatographic systems. Microemulsion solvent systems are also incorporated in this paper. Microemulsion thin-layer chromatography is a new approach in the field of chromatography.