Discover Chemistry Day
|29 June 2011
|09:30 - 15:30
|What is it:
|Outreach and enrichment activities
|Who is it for:
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 you only hear about in school or see on television (CSI).
Furthermore, it gives you the opportunity to experience the chemist’s daily miracle of converting one thing into another: chemical synthesis. You will synthesize diphenylmethanol from benzophenone, 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 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. Then, a brief career talk showing where a degree in chemistry might lead, will be followed by an entertaining demonstration lecture to round off the day with a bang!
Travel and Contact Information
University Place Visitors Centre