The Write Stuff: Using Paper Chromatography to Separate an Ink Mixture

In this Activity, students perform a variation on the standard paper chromatography separation of black ink. They compare the separation of black ink using four different solvents: water, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and household ammonia, and then mixtures of the four. It introduces students to methods of selecting the best solvent for a separation and the effects of adding acid and base. This Activity can lead to a discussion of mixtures and ways to separate their components. Capillary action, solute-solvent interaction, and differences in polarity and solubility are related topics.

Citation: 

Journal Staff; 2000, 77, 176A.

Year: 
2000
issue: 
2
Page: 
176A
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