Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Techniquest Glyndŵr has been working alongside the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Wrexham Glyndŵr University (WGU) to bring the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase project to North Wales and the North-West of England. Supported by University based chemists, our team will go through the principles of Spectroscopy using our Portable Infra-Red (IR) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometers.

All sessions are fully funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and we bring all of the equipment and materials. All you need to provide is a lab and your students!

This project offers schools an unmissable opportunity to get their students some Hands-On experience with Analytical Grade Equipment.

We offer a diverse range of workshops designed to fit a variety of places in the curriculum:

  • An hour long IR session that looks at how Spectroscopy is useful in motorsport, giving students the opportunity to use our IR machines and put their problem-solving skills to the test. This a great workshop for higher ability GCSE groups and BTEC groups as in introduction into spectroscopic techniques. It also works really well for A-level students if you can’t fit a 2 lesson session into your timetable.
  • A 2 hour long session that introduces both IR spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry (MS). This session looks at the theory behind both techniques and highlights the importance of combining technologies to identify a selection of unknown compounds. Students also have a chance to use their IR knowledge to predict their own spectra and compare their attempts with our machines results. This session works best for AS level students as either an introduction or a revision session to the topic.
  • A 2 hour long NMR session that builds on existing spectroscopy knowledge and introduces NMR as a technique. Students will use NMR and IR spectroscopy to identify unknown samples alongside getting full instruction on how to use out portable machines. This session can be provided both with, and without NMR splitting making it suitable for end of AS and A2 groups alike.
  • We also have a 2 hour long, Body in a Lab session. This workshop combines practical experiment work and problem-solving to solve a chemistry based murder mystery. Using our UV/Vis machine to create a concentration curve and our IR machines, students will work out what was the murder weapon and who did it! This session can work for a variety of groups and is not restricted to just chemists.

To book a session, or to discuss a potential visit from us, please contact bookings@tqg.org.ukor ring 01978 293400.

Alternatively, you can book a session through the Royal Society of Chemistry’s online booking tool:

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The RSC also provides teaching resources for all Spectroscopic techniques available here as a PDF:

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