Chemists visit Edinburgh University
28th January, 2016
On Wednesday 27 January, the Upper Sixth A Level Chemistry students visited Edinburgh University for a tour of the analytical instruments and the undergraduate laboratories. They saw the state of the art mass spectrometers and the various standard NMR machines, as well as the huge 800MHz machine which had had to be brought in through the roof. To view this, we had to leave mobile phones and credit cards outside the room because of the size of the magnetic field! Both these techniques are central to the A Level syllabus, so it was invaluable to see them in operation in real life. They also enjoyed the chance to see the experiments that first and second year students would do in their lab sessions and to try to understand the Chemistry involved.
Thanks must go to Nicholle Bell of Edinburgh University who gave the party such an excellent tour.