Y13 Chemistry Students have been learning how to use Spectroscopic Techniques in order to identify unknown compounds.
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As the cost of these machines is between £50,000 and £1,000,000 pounds we do not have this technology available in school. Fortunately we were able to travel over to Sheffield University and use theirs.
Students were set the challenge of identifying three new chemical compounds and had access to infra-red spectrometers, a mass spectrometer and a nuclear magnetic resonance machine. All three compounds were successfully identified by Wickersley Students and nothing was broken, much to Mr Braund’s relief!
Spectroscopic Techniques have a wide range of uses including: the analysis of evidence in Forensic Science and monitoring the development of new medicines.