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Ninhydrin, Monohydrate, Reagent, ACS
Product Code: N1171
Ninhydrin (2,2-Dihydroxyindane-1,3-dione) is a chemical used to detect ammonia or primary and secondary amines. When reacting with these free amines, a deep blue or purple color known as Ruhemann’s purple is evolved.
Ninhydrin is most commonly used to detect fingerprints, as amines left over from peptides and proteins (terminal amines or lysine residues) sloughed off in fingerprints react with ninhydrin.
LIGHT SENSITIVE: Keep tightly closed in light-resistant container.