Chromatography with Leaves

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Items

  • Acetone
  • Beaker
  • Leaves e.g. Red Cabbage, Chinese Maple
  • Mortar and Pestle
  • Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol

In this segment we take the chemicals out of a leaf that help the plant carry out photosynthesis. This experiment is a good one because it shows kids that there is more than one type of chlorophyll in most species, and that we can separate them.