In this Activity, students extract a fluorescent substance from shavings of narra wood. The pH-dependent fluorescence can be turned on and off using household acid and base solutions. A yellow filter blocks the exciting light but not the fluorescent emission. This Activity gets students thinking about the interaction of light and molecules. The Activity demonstrates fluorescence of a natural material, the effects of pH, and the relationship between the color of light and color of solutions.
Mark Muyskens, J. Chem. Educ. 2006, 83, p768A.