Demonstration Of Paper Chromatography

by | Dec 15, 2021 | Chemistry, Science

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Chromatography is one of the modern and easy techniques which is used to separate mixtures. In Science, it is also used to learn about different substances. Thus, in the following article, we will have a demonstration of paper chromatography. In simple words, paper chromatography is a technique that is used to discrete the dissolved chemical substances with the help of pure filter paper. So let us start enjoying the experiment.


Firstly, let us have a look at the supplies which are required to Demonstrate the Paper Chromatography experiment. They are as follows:


  • Filter Paper
  • Permanent Filter Tip Pens
  • A transparent Container


  • Pencil
  • Measuring Scale

Steps To Perform Demonstration Of Paper Chromatography

Step 1: The initial step is to pour some amount of water into the bottom section of the transparent container.

Water in a Transparent Container

Water in a Transparent Container

Step 2: Place a small rod or something on the jar, which will help you to suspend the filter paper in the jar.

Placing the filter paper in a jar

Placing the filter paper in a jar

Step 3: Make use of the permanent filter tip pens and draw a small circle or lines at the bottom of the filter paper.

Drawing Circles or Lines

Drawing Circles or Lines

Step 4: The next step is to slowly start suspending the filter paper into the water and notice the floating of the ink upwards.

Drawing circles with filter pen and suspending the filter paper in water

Drawing circles with filter pen and suspending the filter paper in water

Step 5: Once you are done with the experiment, remove the filter paper and measure the floating ink by using a pencil and measuring scale.

Demonstration Of Paper Chromatography

Measuring the Floating Ink


  • We recommend you use multiple color pens and enjoy the experiment.
  • You can use the measuring Tape also to measure the floating ink.

Things To Remember

  • Make sure you do not damage your clothes while performing the experiment.


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