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Discover Chemistry – Friday, 27 June 2014

This day provides hands-on experience of chemistry courses at The University of Manchester. It gives you the chance to see (and use) for yourself the kind of scientific instrumentation (IR, NMR etc) you only hear about in school or see on television.

On the day you will synthesise diphenylmethanol from benzophenone, a reaction type you may have studied at A-level but will probably not have done for yourself. You’ll follow the conversion of a carbon-oxygen double-bond to a single-bond by infrared spectroscopy and check on progress and purity by thin-layer chromatography on silica, visualised by ultra-violet lamp. These processes are typical of how new medicines are discovered.

After lunch, where you can chat to current chemistry students, you will tour other instrumental facilities of the department, including nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry/gas chromatography and X-ray diffraction. You’ll then be given a brief career talk showing where a degree in chemistry might lead, followed by an entertaining demonstration lecture to round off the day with a bang. These sorts of demonstrations play a key role in lectures at Manchester.

Programme

TimeActivity
9.45am Arrival, registration and refreshments
9.55am Welcome and introduction
10am Introductory lecture
10.30am Workshop 1: practical activity – synthesis, spectroscopy, chromatography
12 noon Lunch
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
Chemistry degree courses overview
2.45pm Demonstration lecture
3.15–3.30pm Feedback and close