|Starts:||09:45 30 Jun 2010|
|Ends:||15:00 30 Jun 2010|
|What is it:||Outreach and enrichment activities|
|Organiser:||Department of Chemistry|
|Who is it for:||Post 16|
This day provides hands-on experience of Chemistry degree courses at The University of Manchester. It gives you the chance to see for yourselves (and USE for yourselves) the kind of scientific instrumentation you only hear about in school, or see on television (CSI). Workshops will explore chemical synthesis and mass spectroscopy. You will synthesise 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 tour round other instrumental facilities of the department (nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry/gas chromatography, x-ray diffraction). Then, a brief career talk, showing where a degree in Chemistry from The University of Manchester might lead, will be followed by an entertaining demonstration lecture, to round off the day with a bang.
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