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Bangor University gives Rydal Penrhos pupils insight into chemistry project
27th November 2015

Pupils at a Colwyn Bay school were visited by Bangor University to learn more about an innovative project.

The Year 13 pupils at Rydal Penrhos took part in ta project known as ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’, which is a scheme provided by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Spectroscopy is regularly used in chemistry to analyse molecules but is not normally available to schools due to the requirement of specialist equipment.

The aim of the scheme is to establish links between schools and higher education establishments, providing pupils with hands-on chemistry experiences.

During the session pupils got the chance to use both both Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Infrared spectroscopy.

Pupil Alex Bytheway, said: “It is commonly said amongst chemists that ‘once the NMR has gone down, the chemists go home’, which shows the importance of this process when studying chemistry.

“The pupils thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the session and have found it beneficial to their current International Baccalaureate and A-level studies.

“I benefitted from this session by improving their data analysis skills and extending their knowledge, and we hope that Rydal Penrhos can take part in more activities like this in the future.”

The results of the practical were used to piece together the structures of common molecules in the typical approach that a research chemist would take.

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