Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) – Royal Society of Chemistry visits Sixth Form students

On Thursday 6th February Year 12 and 13 Chemistry students attended an event at Ruislip High School run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). The RSC brought along and demonstrated the use of an infrared spectrometer; an analytical machine used for identifying unknown organic molecules. Sixth Form Chemistry students need to understand the use of infrared spectroscopy as it sometimes features in their A-level exams.

The session was of great benefit to all who attended, enabling them to gain invaluable first-hand experience of infrared Spectroscopy, a technique not usually available in schools.

Some quotes from the students who attended:

“Seeing something we learnt in theory happen in the practical world was really useful for our understanding of the topic.” Suakshi
“An insight into degree-level practical chemistry that was hands on and in depth.” Robert
“A fun and unique experience. It was very enjoyable doing the analysis work and solving the puzzles.” Jack

Special thanks to the RSC and students from UCL (University College London) for making this opportunity available to Ruislip High Sixth Formers.