Classic Chemistry Experiments : Chromatography of leaves
Most leaves are green due to chlorophyll. This substance is important in photosynthesis (the process by which plants make their food). In this experiment, the different pigments present in a leaf are separated using paper chromatography.
Type of Activity
11 to 18 years
Standard laboratory proceduresTeaching chemistryTeaching approaches/pedagogyExpositionExperiment & investigationSafety & risk assessmentPractical investigationsLaboratory skills developmentUsing standard techniquesFollowing standard proceduresSolutionsSeparation of mixturesSeparation of mixtures: chromatographyMaterials extracted from plants