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Oxford University Chemists Visit Rendcomb

Oxford University Chemistry Students, including former Rendcomb pupil Olivia Knapp, led a workshop with Year 12 pupils.

Former pupil, Olivia Knapp returned to Rendcomb in July to carry out a 'Spectroscopy in a Suitcase' workshop with Year 12 Chemistry students. 

During the workshop, students were shown how to use a UV spectrophotometer.

Students had the opportunity to runt heir own IR spectra and interpret both Mass Spectra and IR Spectra as part of the workshop where they are investigating chemicals found at a crime scene.

As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the techniques.

The workshops are part of a Royal Society of Chemistry project with a strong emphasis on encouraging school pupils to consider studying chemistry and the career opportunities available. 

Head of Science at Rendcomb College, Dr Matt Cox would like to thank Olivia, Shan, Dominic and Cameron who gave up their time for the workshop.


Pictured: Olivia Knapp with Science Technician and Houseparent (Godman) Miss Jo Bond. Shan with students Paul and Elena demonstrating the UV spectrophotometer.