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Innovating Science Chromatography of Amino Acids Chemistry Kit (Supplies for 15 Groups)

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SKU IS2522
  • Students will perform a chromatography experiment in order to identify the amino acids within an unknown protein
  • The chromatography will be run for three known amino acids and one unknown protein
  • Hands-on experience with chemical techniques
  • Includes enough material for fifteen groups of students
  • Kit includes teacher's manual, student study guide copymasters, and material safety data sheets for all included materials

Amino acids are the fundamental building blocks of proteins. To learn which amino acids make up a given protein, scientists separate the amino acids using chromatography. Students will perform this same technique using three known amino acids and one unknown protein. By comparing the travel rate and distance of the amino acids, the composition of the protein can be ascertained. This kit contains enough material for up to 15 groups of students. Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards HS-PS1-3 and MS-PS1-2, and explores patterns as a cross cutting concept. In addition to the materials in the kit, a teacher's manual, student study guide copymasters, and material safety data sheets are included.

What's in the box?

  • 1 bottle ninhydrin powder (500g)
  • 1 bottle 95% ethanol solution (100mL)
  • 1 bottle chromatography solvent (375mL)
  • 1 bottle alanine control (30mL)
  • 1 bottle glycine control( (30mL)
  • 1 bottle leucine control (30mL)
  • 1 bottle unknown amino acid mixture (30mL)
  • 8 capillary tubes
  • 20 sheets chromatography paper


WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Methanol/Methyl isobutyl ketone, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information go to

For Laboratory Use Only

Not for drug, food, or household use. Keep out of reach of children. For more information, refer to the Safety Data Sheet.