Spectroscopy in a Suitcase
Our Sixth Form chemists recently enjoyed a fantastic visit from a team of undergraduate and postgraduate chemists from the University of Manchester led by Dr Katayune Presland. The team came with exciting kit, including a very expensive Spectroscope to run a practical workshop for our pupils. Under the guidance of the visiting university team, our sixth form pupils enjoyed the opportunity to synthesise Paracetamol. They then analysed their product using thin layer chromatography and the university's infra-red Spectrometer. The workshop gave our pupils both a taste of the equipment used at university and also gave a valuable insight into chemistry beyond school.