Discover Chemistry - 24 June 2013
This day provided hands-on experience of Chemistry courses at The University of Manchester. It gave students the chance to see (and use) for themselves the kind of scientific instrumentation (infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc) you only hear about in school or see on television.
On the day students synthesized diphenylmethanol from benzophenone, a reaction type you may have studied at A-level but will probably not have done for yourselves. They followed the conversion of a carbon-oxygen double-bond to a single-bond by infrared spectroscopy and checked on progress and purity by thin-layer chromatography on silica, visualised by ultraviolet lamp. These processes are typical of how new medicines are discovered.
|9.45am||Arrival, registration and refreshments|
|9.55am||Welcome and introduction|
|10.30am||Workshop 1: Practical activity – synthesis, spectroscopy, chromatography|
|12.30pm||Workshop 2: Rota of mass spectrometry, campus tour, nuclear magnetic resonance, XRD labs|
|1.40pm||Finish Workshop 1: Infrared spectroscopy of dry product|
|2.15pm||Careers talk and Chemistry courses overview|
|3.15pm||Feedback and close (3.30pm)|
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