Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

A group of enthusiastic Lower Sixth chemists took part in a workshop held by the University of Sussex. We were all enthralled by the infrared spectroscopy, which was brought along to the College. After a brief introduction by Dr Osborne, we were offered the chance to get our hands onto the spectrometer. We were able to analyse and print several unknown organic compounds. We then identified them thanks to our knowledge of infrared spectroscopy, and looked for specific absorptions shown on the spectrum. Having a taste of what chemistry undergraduate courses are like was an amazing experience.

John Leung, Lower Sixth