Chapter 30. Lab VII-3 Analysis of Drugs by Chromatography

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The FK01 Forensic Science Kit for this book, available from, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Centrifuge tubes, 50 mL

  • Chromatography paper

  • Iodine crystals

  • Pipettes

  • Ruler

  • Spot plate, 12-well

  • Specimen: acetaminophen

  • Specimen: aspirin

  • Specimen: caffeine

  • Specimen: questioned (chromatography)

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Ethanol (see text)

  • Hair dryer (optional)

  • Iodine fuming chamber (see text)

  • Pencil

  • Questioned OTC drug(s) (optional)

  • Scissors

  • Toothpicks

  • UV light source (optional; see text)


Iodine crystals and iodine vapor are toxic, corrosive, irritating, ...

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