P917: Isolation and identification of natural products in dried ginger in undergraduate research

Author: Guru Rattan K. Khalsa, Thiel College, USA

Co-Author: Michelle L. Wimer, Thiel College, USA

Date: 8/6/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

Students are fascinated to learn about the active components of ginger known to relieve inflammations, headaches, and gastrointestinal problems in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. Extraction, separation, quantification, and characterization of these compounds allow student researchers the opportunity to utilize thin-layer chromatography, liquid chromatography, HPLC, GC-MS, and NMR spectroscopy to separate and identify these substances as well as investigate their sensitivity to heat and light. Results from a one-semester project comparing the amounts of 6-gingerol in various food products will be presented, along with ideas on how to extend this exploration in future laboratory experiences.