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Basic Chromatography

Kit #15

In this exceptional introduction to paper chromatography, students learn how chromatography can identify the makeup of organic and inorganic substances. Students perform experiments to compare the effects of different solvents on the separation of chlorophyll extract and dyes into their constituent components.

Details at a Glance

  • 1 Day | 1 ~50 minute class period
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates 2 classes, each with 15 groups of 2 students
  • Consumables service 60 students

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Basic Chromatography

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Scientific Concepts

•Understand how chromatography can be used to identify the makeup of organic and inorganic substances
•Perform chromatography to identify the constituent pigments of chlorophyll
•Observe differences in polar and non-polar solvents with dyes

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
  • 30 Chromatography tubes and holders
  • 120 Chromatography strips, Pre-cut paper
  • 1 Developer I (petroleum ether and acetone), Bottle
  • 1 Developer II (deionized water), Bottle
  • 1 Developer III (n-butanol), Bottle
  • 1 Developer IV (n-butanol, acetic acid and deionized water), Bottle
  • 1 Capillary applicators, Vial
  • 1 Chloroplast Extract, concentrated, Vial
  • 1 Dyes, mixed, Vial

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