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Carolina ChemKits®: Aspirin Synthesis

Item # 840844 Exclusive

Introduce your students to organic chemistry by having them synthesize a common household product. Students learn and use wet chemistry tests, extract organic starting materials from natural materials, and then use their natural product to synthesize aspirin. This unique procedure is safer than other aspirin synthesis labs. The activity takes approximately 45 min and is designed for a class of 30 students working in pairs.

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  • Extract salicylic acid from willow bark
  • Compare properties of salicylic acid and acetylsalicylic acid
  • Synthesize aspirin from willow bark extract

Use a familiar pharmaceutical product, aspirin, to introduce students to functional groups and organic synthesis. In this organic chemistry experiment, students compare the properties of salicylic acid and acetylsalicylic acid through pH and iron chloride testing. They then extract salicylic acid from willow bark and use it to produce acetylsalicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin). This activity is designed for a class of 30 students working in pairs and requires approximately 45 min to complete. Note: Fifteen Chemplates®: (item #840690) or similar test plates are needed but not supplied.

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Components Qty Included?
3 M Acetic Acid, 30 mL 1 Included
Iron(III) Chloride, 10%, 7 mL 1 Included
Ethanol, 95%, 120 mL 1 Included
Salicylic Acid, 2 g 1 Included
Acetylsalicylic Acid, 2 g 1 Included
Shredded Willow Bark, 18 g 1 Included
Disposable Pipets 60 Included
Wooden Splints 30 Included
Minispoons 2 Included
pH Paper Strips 100 Included
Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Chemplates® (item #840690) 15 Needed, Not Included
Permanent Markers Needed, Not Included
Scissors Needed, Not Included
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