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  1. #1 Extract food dye from Froot Loops? 
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    Hey all,
    I have to do a lab write up on the "Determination of the Mass Percent of a Dye in Froot Loops Using a Spectronic 20".

    Most of it I can figure out by I'm stuck on how to extract dye from the froot loops.

    My only idea is that maybe I can let it dissolve in a known amount of water and then measure absorption and use Beer's law to come up with the concentration and go from there. That doesn't seem like a very elegant way to do it though... Any other ideas?


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    First of all, you have to know what the dyes are. They are yellow 6, red 40, blue 1 and blue 2. The are all sulfonic acid derivatives:
    Yellow 6

    Red 40

    Blue 2

    Blue 1

    There are many other compounds in froot loops that are water soluble so this would not be a good way to isolate. If you have just a ton of time in the lab and an endless supply of organic solvents, I would try some organic solvent extractions just to see what happens. Come to think of it, I didn't realize this was an exercise in spectrophotometry, so in theory the only things in froot loops that will absorb visible light are the dyes. That being said, I might try the water idea. From this you should be able to get the mol/L then using the molar mass you get mass percent for each dye based on the absorption for each relevant color. Good luck separating blue 2 from blue 1. I would still try the organic solvents afterwards just for fun. Start with DMSO because DMSO is kewl.


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    I found the same lab online here:

    http://chemistry.bd.psu.edu/jircitano/beerslaw07.pdf
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