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BISC110: Series 3 Experiment 8 Photosynthetic Pigments

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❶It is only in the fall when the chlorophylls are degraded faster than the carotenoids that the yellow color becomes visible to us.

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Next, transfer the pigment extract by spotting onto the centre of the pencil line of a chromatography strip using the head of a small pin as a dropper. Let the spot dry. Repeat the process 15 to 20 times over on the same spot smaller spot gives better results and then put enough solvent into a large boiling tube. Place the stopper to seal the boiling tube Diagram 1. Make sure that the strip is in a perfectly vertical position.

Solvent level must be 1 cm from the pigment spot. Later, place the boiling tube on a rack or stand it using retort stand. Take out the chromatography strip when the solvent front comes close to the top. Mark the solvent front with a pencil. Quickly dry it and measure the distance between the pigment spot and the solvent front. Observe and mark the positions of the separated pigments. Then, measure the distance from the pigment spot to the leading edge of each pigment. Cover the chromatography strip with a dark paper to protect the pigments.

Calculate the Rf value of each pigment using the formula: Last but not least to record all the data in a table. The molecular size of the pigment is inversely proportional to the R f value. Conclusion Precautions To obtain a clear and accurate chromatogram the students were advised to use gloves. This was because the student fingerprints excreted amino acids which would make the experiment and the results inaccurate.

Strict safety measures were taken in the adding of solvent. This was to ensure that the solvent didnt go above the origin line. The reason for this is that if the solvent and the samples mixed this would cause unreliable and faulty results. Analysis Technique on Paper Chromatography. The chlorophyll in the leaf of the plant contains different pigments which are chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, xanthophyll, phaeophytin and carotene. First of all pieces of Chromatography paper was taken and aline was drawn 2cm above the bottom of the page.

On this line 10 crosses were drawn which would be the starting point of the samples this paper was measured so that it would fit into the Chromatography tank.

After this the Chromatography paper was laid down and 6 drops of the appropriate was added using a capillary tube. This was done 6 times so that the spot could be as concentrated as it could without it being too big. After the Chromatogram was dried and sprayed with Ninhydren the spots were examined. The students didn't spray the Chromatogram because it was a real toxic solvent therefore the spraying was one by the lab technicians.

Graf of the distance moved by the pigment Graph of R f values against plant pigments. Creating downloadable prezi, be patient. Delete comment or cancel. Cancel Reply 0 characters used from the allowed. Send link to edit together this prezi using Prezi Meeting learn more: Reset share links Resets both viewing and editing links coeditors shown below are not affected.

Cut a strip of coffee filter or filter paper. Draw a horizontal line with a pencil not pen about half an inch from the bottom. Place a spinach leaf on the line and roll a penny over it so that you get a line of green pigment on the filter. Using a different part of the leaf, roll the penny again over the same line.

Repeat this process until the line is fairly dark. Put about an inch of acetone in the beaker isopropyl alcohol will also work. Tape the top of the coffee filter strip to a pencil and balance the pencil across the top of the beaker. See the image below for the set-up.

It is very important that the bottom of the filter strip is in the acetone, but the green spot is not in the liquid. If the acetone touches the spot directly, the pigment will just dissolve away.

Observe what happens to the liquid in the beaker and the spot on the filter paper. Results will take about 20 minutes. Assign a band number for each pigment band - you should see greens, yellows, oranges.. Explain how a crime lab could use paper chromatography to determine if lipstick found at a crime scene matched the lipstick of a suspect. Separation of Plant Pigments Using Chromatography.


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Plant Pigment Chromatography Students will isolate and identify photosynthetic pigments in spinach leaves. Students will calculate Rf values of photosynthetic pigments and graph the The bands derived in paper chromatography contain the pigments found in the plant. The bands can be cut apart, and placed in alcohol to elute the pigment .

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Paper chromatography is a useful technique in the separation and identification of different plant pigments. In this technique, the mixture containing the pigments to be separated is first applied as a spot or a line to the paper about cm from the bottom edge of the paper.

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This was done by separating the photosynthetic pigments (chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, carotene and xanthophylls) from one another using paper chromatography. The separated pigments were then analyzed for their absorption spectrum using a spectrographometer. isolate and study the photosynthetic pigments, chlorophyll a, chlorophyll b, and carotenoids. These include paper chromatography and spectrophotometry. Paper chromatography separates compounds on paper as solvent carries the mixture up (or.

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Plant Pigments and Paper Chromatography Pigments. Chlorophyll is a type of pigment used by plants to trap the energy in sunlight for use in photosynthesis. The green we see in many plant leaves is actually a combination of a number of pigments, with the majority of those pigments being chlorophyll. The amount and variety of those pigments. Plant pigments have the ability to absorb visible light, which can be used in order to harvest energy for photochemical reactions. There are a variety of pigments present in plants, and for this experiment, these pigments were separated using paper chromatography.