On Wednesday 14th March, girls from LVI and UVI (Years 12 and 13) had a fantastic experience at Bristol University ChemLabs. They got to experience working in a fully functional university laboratory and spent the morning preparing benzocaine, a commonly used anaesthetic. After they had prepared their benzocaine, they used analytical instruments such as FT-IR to determine functional groups found within the compound. The practical lesson was followed by a lecture hosted by Professor Wass, who spoke about his area of study on homogeneous catalysis and organometallic chemistry and its use in ‘self-healing airplanes’ as polymers.

Miss Sharon Skelhorn, Chemistry Teacher