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Discover Chemistry – Monday 25 June 2018

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 (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 yourselves.

I studied nuclear where possible. Firstly by chance and then through a deep passion. My masters project was related to nuclear decommissioning after building strong links with the nuclear academics and working hard. My year in industry taught me a lot, and was no doubt invaluable in teaching me how to conduct myself in the workplace, giving me a sense of responsibility, reporting to my line manager and the client.

Matthew Lockwood / MChem Chemistry with Industrial Experience

You'll follow the conversion of a carbon-oxygen double-bond to a single-bond by infra-red 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’ll tour other instrumental facilities of the department, including nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry/gas chromatography and x-ray diffraction.

Then there’ll 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

This Discover Day is now full and we can no longer accept new registrations. Our Autumn Discover Day dates will be released in the new term.

(Please note this programme is subject to change.)

9.45am Arrival, registration and refreshments
9.55am Welcome and introductory lecture
10.30am Workshop 1: Practical activity – synthesis, spectroscopy, chromatography
12 noon Lunch (not provided)
12.45pm Workshop 2: Rota of mass spectrometry, campus tour, nuclear magnetic resonance, XRD labs
2.05pm Finish Workshop 1: Infra-red spectroscopy of dry product

Careers and course talk followed by demonstration lecture

3.30pm–3.45pm Evaluation and close