UCSB Science Line
Sponge Spicules Nerve Cells Galaxy Abalone Shell Nickel Succinate X-ray Lens Lupine
UCSB Science Line
How it Works
Ask a Question
Search Topics
Our Scientists
Science Links
Contact Information
I am studing the effects of ethylene on fruit ripening. I found an experiment that requires Potassium Iodide(KI) and Iodine(I) to make a stain for the fruit. I can't find the Potassium Iodide anywhere! Can you help??? I need to get going asap. Thank you for your help. Madison
Question Date: 2008-02-25
Answer 1:

It sounds like you're on the right track for your experiment. Potassium iodide might be a little bit tricky to get, and you may have to order it online. Usually big science labs get it from chemical suppliers, but in that case you would get a huge bottle and it would be very expensive. One reasonable chemical supplier you could try is the Carolina Biological Supply Company (call 1-800-334-5551, or go to their website and search for "potassium iodide" or follow this link :


Another use of potassium iodide is to protect your thyroid if you are exposed to nuclear radiation. According to the governments website, most pharmacies should have a supply of potassium iodide. If you live near a CVS or Walgreens or other pharmacy, you could ask the pharmacist to help you. In this case, the potassium iodide might come in tablet form and you may need to grind it up.

A third option is to consult your teacher about the possibility of asking a high school chemistry teacher to help you with your project. Many high school chemistry labs have common chemicals such as potassium iodide, so they might be able to supply you.

In any case, be sure to read the bottle or label of anything you're working with to make sure you use it safely. Good luck!

Click Here to return to the search form.

University of California, Santa Barbara Materials Research Laboratory National Science Foundation
This program is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and UCSB School-University Partnerships
Copyright © 2020 The Regents of the University of California,
All Rights Reserved.
UCSB Terms of Use