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Chemistry

Work in outstanding teaching laboratories

The chemistry teaching laboratories were recently renovated as part of a £12m investment. You'll study in bright and spacious laboratories using new, high-tech equipment.

Students working in the new laboratories
Producing a KBr disc of a sample, using an IR press
Students working in the new laboratories
Using a revamped rotary evaporator
Students set up and monitor the Belousov-Zhabotinsky oscillating reaction
Students set up and monitor the Belousov-Zhabotinsky oscillating reaction
Loading a solid sample onto the ATR mount of an IR spectrometer
Loading a solid sample onto the ATR mount of an IR spectrometer
Analysing data from the NMR spectrometer
Analysing data from the NMR spectrometer
Loading sample vials into the High Pressure Liquid Chromatography autosampler
Loading sample vials into the High Pressure Liquid Chromatography autosampler
Setting up an air condenser Condensyn in a fume cupboard
Setting up an air condenser Condensyn in a fume cupboard
Student uses the mass spectrometer
Student uses the mass spectrometer

In the chemistry laboratories you will: 

In addition, with variable-height benching and fume hoods the laboratories are accessible for all our students.

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See the new labs and learn all about them with Dr Paul Duckmanton.

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Practicals to look forward to:

Colin Flowers - Laboratory Manager

"One of our students’ favourites is the coding and colorimetry practical where you’ll be able to build your own colorimeter and write a program to process the data it produces. You’ll then use your colorimeter to determine the dye content of a typical cough sweet."

Thomas Logothetis - Laboratory Manager

"One of the practicals is based on the work of Professor Robert Raja’s group, which is researching novel catalysts for the sustainable manufacture of nylon. You might not be aware that nylon production and nylon waste disposal leads to thousands of tonnes of harmful waste every year. In this practical you’ll get to explore – on the backdrop of nylons – the principles of green chemistry and how they relate to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and you’ll gain practical experience of hydrothermal synthesis, furnace calcination, XRD/powder diffraction, GC and MS analysis in the lab."

Molly Wilson - MChem with External Placement, 2019

"My favourite experiment was making siloxane, a polymer which we turned into bouncy balls!"

Niamh Yates - MChem Chemistry with six-month placement, third year

"Your research project is an excellent opportunity to work on something you really enjoy and develop valuable skills and experience. For my project I’m working with one of the Lab Technicians to develop a new practical for second-year students where they will build their own Flash Photolysis unit and write a program to make it work."

Laboratory equipment

Here’s a list of some of the key pieces of equipment which will be available to you in the laboratories. Much of this is research grade and is the same equipment as you’ll find in industrial laboratories.  

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