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Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

On Tuesday 11th June, three  students studying for a PhD in Chemistry  at Bangor University came to show us analytical techniques through the "Spectroscopy in a Suitcase" outreach scheme. Little did we know that the equipment came in actual suitcases; we were all surprised when we walked into Miss Frencham's lab and saw suitcases on the desks!
We spent over two hours getting ‘hands on’ experience using the equipment (NMR spectrometer, UV spectrometer and an infra-red spectrometer).  We then went on to learn how to read the spectrums in greater detail; such as the  'n+1' rule with NMR spectroscopy.  A story was used to help us to be more engaged with the different processes.  ‘Mr Blue’ died and we had to work out if he had taken an overdose of aspirin or had been murdered by one of the suspects.
We had an enjoyable time using the all the equipment and it was interesting to see how it is used in forensics.

Posted on: June 19, 2015