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Padilla D. Alyssa, Pang Khrystine, Phillips M. Xyra, Sangalang A. Kyle, Sarrosa L. Isabelle
and Supe S. Mikhael

Group 6 2A Pharmacy Organic Chemistry Laboratory


Caffeine was isolated through the use of the multiple extraction method. 10 g of tea leaves
along with 100 mL of distilled water in a 500 mL beaker was boiled. The aqueous solution
was extracted three times using 20 mL of dichloromethane each time. The organic layer
containing dichloromethane was obtained by use of filter paper containing anhydrous
sodium sulfate into an evaporating dish and covering it with filter paper that has small holes
to evaporate to dryness. The percentage recovery computed was 0.2% by getting the ratio
of the weight of caffeine and the weight of the tea leaves used and multiplying it by a

INTRODUCTION separatory funnel, beaker, glass rod,

evaporating dish, iron stand, iron ring,
Caffeine is a substance or compound iron clamp, teabags, sodium carbonate,
that acts as a stimulant and can be found dichloromethane, and sodium sulfate.
naturally in tea, coffee, chocolate, kola
nuts in cola, and is added to carbonated First, in a 500 milliliter beaker, the
drinks, food, and medicines. researchers placed 4.4 grams of
anhydrous sodium carbonate and 100
Extraction is a method of separating a milliliters of distilled water and heated in a
certain substance from a mixture. It uses water bath until the solid dissolved. When
two immiscible phases to separate the the solid (anhydrous sodium carbonate)
substance from one phase into the other. dissolved, 10 grams of tea leaves from tea
There are two types of extraction: single bags (approximately 5 tea bags) was
and multiple extraction. The type of added to the said mixture. The flask was
extraction used for this study was Multiple covered and the tea mixture was boiled
Extraction. for 10 minutes on a low flame.
Afterwards, the cheesecloth was removed
The objectives of this experiment are to and the liquid was squeezed out by
isolate the caffeine from the dried tea pressing the stirring rod against the
leaves through the method of multiple cheese cloth. The extract was cooled down
extraction and record the weight of the until it reached room temperature.
used dried tea leaves to compute for the
percentage recovery. Figure 1.0


A. Test Compound/s (or

Sample/s) used

10 grams of Lipton Black tea leaves

B. Procedure

The materials needed for the

experiment were: Bunsen burner,
For the multiple extraction proper, the
tea mixture was transferred to a
separatory funnel. 20 milliliters of
dichloromethane was added to the tea
mixture and the contents of the funnel
were swirled slowly. The method was
done for approximately 2 minutes until
the separation between the two layers
became clearly visible. The
dichloromethane was drained out of the
funnel and placed in an evaporating dish.
This was done three times because the
method used was multiple extraction.

Figure 1.2

After the multiple extraction proper, the

organic layer (dichloromethane layer) was
filtered into the evaporating dish using
filter paper containing half a spatula of
anhydrous sodium sulfate. Then, the
evaporating dish containing the extract
was covered with filter paper that had
small holes to evaporate


In order to calculate for the percentage

recovery, the researchers recorded the
weight of the following

Figure 1.3 Table 1. Data needed in order to

calculate for the percentage recovery

Tea leaves used 10.02 g
Evaporating dish + 116.50 g
Empty evaporating 116. 48 g
caffeine 0.02 g

By using the values above, the percentage

recovery of 0.2% was computed by using
the formula:

𝑤𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑐𝑎𝑓𝑓𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑒
𝑥 100 = % 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦
𝑤𝑒𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑒𝑎 𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑣𝑒𝑠 𝑢𝑠𝑒𝑑

0.02 𝑔
𝑥 100 = 0.2%
10.02 𝑔

Figure 1.4
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