Painting with Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is the green coloring in a leaf which assists in photosynthesis (how plants get their food from the sun). It can be extracted from a leaf by placing it in a boiling bath of alcohol.
10 mL rubbing alcohol
2 green leaves
*Note: These chemicals can be purchased locally at stores such as Walmart/Target.
Alcohol burner + stand + lighter
Video of the experiment!
The Science Behind the Reaction
The heat broke down the cell walls containing the chlorophyll, allowing it to escape.
Red and yellow leaves still produce a green pigment but flowers produce beautiful pigments! Try out different colored flowers to get other pigments.