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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.


  • 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

Content List in Basic Chromatography is as follows:

Quantity Description
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
Number of Students
30 (if working individually, more if grouped)

To complete this kit requires 1 ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Basic Chromatography 15 $154.45
Basic Chromatography REFRESH-A-KIT 15-RC $82.35