In association with the Royal Society of Chemistry's "Chemistry Week".
A day of curriculum enhancing activities for students who are considering studying BSc or HND Chemistry at University. This FREE event is open to those currently studying either AS/A2 Chemistry. Visiting students must be accompanied by their teacher.
9.30-10.00 Visitors arrive in MB Foyer and collect visitor badges
10.00-10.30 Why study chemistry at University?
Dr Duke will outline the places chemistry can take you, from local industries to obscure and exciting roles
10.30-11.00 Flashes and bangs!
A demonstration from Professor Williams exhibiting some spontaneous and energetic reactions.
11.00-12.00 Application of IR spectroscopy and GC-MS to an arson case
Dr Mole will highlight the utility of chemistry to solve puzzles and answer questions.
12.00-12.30 Lunch (not provided - please bring a packed lunch)
12.30-1.00 General University guidance (How to apply via UCAS/fees and finance guidance)
13.00-15.45 Preparation of pear essence (propyl acetate) - Practical work
Propyl acetate will be prepared by a condensation reaction between a primary alcohol (propan-1-ol) and a carboxylic acid (acetic acid). This organic synthesis will involve use of reflux apparatus and a separating funnel. Additionally, the students will analyse the reactants and product using portable IR and NMR instruments.
15.45-16.00 Visitors will be given information packs and asked to complete feedback forms
16.00 Visitors Depart