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Jane Kim & Rebecca Long Ch251B – Instrumental Analysis Lab Professor A. Newmark

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  1. Using Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Determine the Relative Chlorophyll Concentrations of Vegetables Jane Kim & Rebecca Long Ch251B – Instrumental Analysis Lab Professor A. Newmark

  2. Background – Why Chlorophyll? • Health benefits in chlorophyll: - Blocks absorption of carcinogens - Helps regenerate blood - Prevents bad breath and body odors - Promotes wound healing

  3. Solution Analyzed - Chlorophyll extract • Chlorophyll extract: contained a combination of several kinds of chlorophyll, most likely majority was chlorophyll a (most prevalent) Chlorophyll c1 Chlorophyll b Chlorophyll a Chlorophyll d Chlorophyll c2

  4. Experimental 1. Ground vegetables in acetone and water 2. Added hexane 3. Mixed thoroughly 4. Let stand for layers to form 5. Extracted hexane layer  chlorophyll extract 6. Analyzed extracts using fluorescence spectrophotometer

  5. Results • Gopal et al. reported chlorophyll fluorescence peak at ≈ 660 nm • Our fluorescence spectra peaks occurred at similar wavelengths ✔ Figure 1. Fluorescence absorption spectrum of chlorophyll

  6. Results • Beer’s Law: A = ebc, (A = absorbance, e = molar absorbtivity, b = path length of sample, c = concentration of compound in solution) • Absorbance of chlorophyll α Concentration of chlorophyll • Order of Relative Chlorophyll Concentrations: spinach > broccoli rabe> cilantro > broccoli > cauliflower Fluorescence Absorption Spectra of All Samples Fluorescence Absorbances

  7. Conclusions • Eating spinach provides the greatest chlorophyll health benefits • Confirmed! – The degree of the vegetable’s green color corresponds to the concentration of chlorophyll • Plant structure confirms chlorophyll concentration