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Discover Chemistry - 24 June 2013

This day provides hands-on experience of Chemistry courses at The University of Manchester. It gives you the chance to see (and use) for yourselves the kind of scientific instrumentation (infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, etc) you only hear about in school or see on television.

On the day you will synthesize diphenylmethanol from benzophenone, a reaction type you may have studied at A-level but will probably not have done for yourselves. 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 ultraviolet lamp. These processes are typical of how new medicines are discovered.

After lunch, during which you can chat to current Chemistry students, you will tour other instrumental facilities in the department, which include nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry/gas chromatography and X-ray diffraction. There will then be 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.

Provisional programme

Please note that this programme is subject to change.

9.45am Arrival, registration and refreshments
9.55am Welcome and introduction
10.00am Introductory lecture
10.30am Workshop 1: Practical activity – synthesis, spectroscopy, chromatography
12.00pm 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 and Chemistry courses overview
2.45pm Demonstration lecture
3.15pm Feedback and close (3.30pm)

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To register for this Discover Day please visit the registration page.