Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

The Royal Society of Chemistry works in partnership with Techniquest Glyndŵr and Wrexham Glyndŵr University to bring the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme to North Wales and the North-West of England.

Supported by University based chemists, our team of Science Communicators go through the principles of Spectroscopy using our portable Infra-Red (IR), UV-VIS and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectrometers. 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 the students!

This programme offers schools and colleges an unmissable opportunity to give their students hands-on experience with Analytical Grade Equipment.

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

  • F1 workshop

An hour long IR and organic chemistry 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.

  • IR/MS workshop

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 year 12 students as either an introduction or a revision session to the topic.

  • NMR workshop

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 year 12 and year 13 groups alike.

  • Body in a Lab

A 2 hour long workshop combining practical experiment work and problem-solving to solve a chemistry based murder mystery. Using our UV/VIS machine to generate data so they can draw 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 key stage 4 and key stage 5 groups and is not restricted to just chemists.


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

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

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