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Identification of Unknown Substances II—Forensic Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: FB1648 

Price: $145.92

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In the Identification of Unknown Substances II–Forensics Laboratory Kit, use thin-layer chromatography to separate and identify unknown drugs.

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Drug-related crimes are extremely common. Just like crime scene investigators, your students will use thin-layer chromatography to separate and identify unknown drugs. Over-the-counter drugs to be tested are aspirin, acetaminophen, caffeine and a mystery substance. Your advanced students will enjoy using thin-layer chromatography and will marvel at the precision that can be achieved with this chemical separation technique. Kit includes TLC plates, development jars, microcapillary tubes, test solutions, developing chemicals.

Complete for 30 students working in pairs. A short wave UV light source is required and available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Acetaminophen tablets, bottle of 20
Bayer® aspirin tablets, bottle of 16
Caffeine, 2 g
Ethyl acetate, reagent, 100 mL, 2
Ethyl alcohol, 95%, 100 mL
Petroleum ether, 50 mL
Bottle, gas collecting, flint glass, 8
Chromatography sheet, thin layer, pkg/2
Lids, 8
Microcentrifuge tube, 75
Tube, capillary, melting point, both open, 100 mm, pkg/100

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter
HS-PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function