Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Posted: 10th March 2017

Mount Kelly recently welcomed a team from Plymouth University who visited the College to deliver a Royal Society of Chemistry Spectroscopy in a Suitcase workshop.  All Upper Sixth Chemistry pupils were involved in the workshop which covered both Infrared Spectroscopy and Mass Spectroscopy.

Pupils were given a range of different unknown compounds found at a crime scene to try and identify.  The most exciting part of the workshop was the opportunity to use an FT-IR machine that the team brought with them.  The small-scale Infrared Spectroscopy machine provided the pupils with invaluable hands-on experience using a device that is usually only found within the realms of university departments and in industry. 

The Chemists thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and the opportunity to see these analytical techniques first-hand is excellent preparation for their exams this summer.

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