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Ink Chromatography

The ink chromatography experiment will allow students to analyse the different dyes that are present in a selection of inks. By using a variety of different solvents, for example water and rubbing alcohol, students will also investigate the solubility of these dyes in the different solvents. This experiment would works well with the Candy Chromatography experiment that can also be found on the website.

Suggested teaching points

  • Analytical science
  • Chromatography
  • Investigative techniques
  • Problem solving and data interpretation

This file contains a set of detailed instructions, suggested questions, suggested improvements and disposal procedures for this experiment.

(PDF Document) Ink Chromatogrpahy experiment instructions

Before attempting this experiment, please ensure that you have read the safety section in the document above and performed a complete risk assessment. If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please use these forms.