i'm doing thin layer chromotography lab.
we had to make developing chambers with hexane, toluene, and ethyl acetate.
toluene was the best eluent.
but when i read about eluents, it said that the more polar eluents have better eluting power. i think ethyl acetate is more polar than toluene, so I don't understand why toluene was the better eluent in my experiment (and in everyone else's)
I don't know if this is enough information. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? I'm trying to do my write up, and I don't really understand a lot of the theory behind the labs.
is there a reason why toluene is the best eluent for separating benzophenone, biphenyl, and benzhydrol?