* Bristol ChemLabS Schools' Laboratory Programme

KS4 or Post 16 Perfume Chemistry Day


The Perfume Chemistry Day is one of several workshop days involving practical work designed by the Bristol ChemLabS School Teacher Fellow with practical scripts written in appropriate language.

The workshop can take place in the School of Chemistry or at a host school. The workshop can be held in a classroom as long as there is easy access and a number of power points for balances

Target Students

A maximum of 20 able students from either KS4 or Post 16. The group may be made up of more than one school


The number of teaching staff accompanying the student groups from each school should be what is considered appropriate by the local school rules.

Expected Timings


9:30 - 9:45

Arrival and Welcome

9:45 - 10:00

Safety talk and fitting out with safety glasses and laboratory coats for those students who do not have appropriate ones of their own

10:00 –11:00

Session One–The  science to smells, how to smell correctly (15 min break for refreshments during this period)

12:30 - 13:15

Lunch break, with an optional short tour of the School of Chemistry (including research labs) in small groups (if the session is held at the University of Bristol)

13:15 –15:45

Session Two - producing and bottling own fragrance to take away

15:45- 16:00


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Health and Safety

Extremely Important! Students and accompanying staff will be expected to follow the School of Chemistry's rules for visiting school scientists on health and safety in the laboratories as well as the specific health and safety requirements of the experiments.

This information MUST be made available to all pupils and accompanying adults.

This information MUST be made available to all pupils and accompanying adults.
Failure to observe these rules will result in no admittance to the laboratories for students or accompanying staff.

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safety sign - no ballet shoes!

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The general rules include

Failure to observe safety rules including inappropriate clothing will result in no admission to the laboratories either for students or accompanying teachers.

Bristol ChemLabS has a more than sufficient supply of lab coats and safety glasses available for students and accompanying staff.  However, if students or staff wish to bring their own that is fine. Lab coats and safety glasses must be worn at all times in the laboratory. Failure to do so will result in no admittance to the laboratory or removal from it.

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Details of Perfume Chemistry Day

Each Perfume Chemistry Day will comprise

A morning session involving

Links will be made to the sense of taste, intermolecular bonding and separation techniques.

The entire afternoon session will be given over to the students to produce their very own fragrance, which may be bottled and taken away


Tour of the School of Chemistry

If the course is held in the University, a short tour of the School of Chemistry will allow students to appreciate that a university chemistry department is very different from a school one. The tour should add some extra ‘awe and wonder’ to the day as the research labs in the Synthetic Chemistry Building would be included.


Drinks and biscuits are provided.
Students must provide their own lunch (to avoid complications due to dietary requirements).

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Please contact Chem-Net for details.

Careers Advice

Students with Special Needs

The teacher in charge of the visit is expected to notify the School of Chemistry in sufficient time if there are students with special needs so that appropriate risk assessments can be carried out.


Photography of the day's activities is welcomed. Teaching staff have found that images taken in the laboratory make good copy for school websites and newsletters. Images may be taken by School of Chemistry staff for our own websites, articles and other publications. Each school is requested to complete the consent form found at: http://www.chemlabs.bris.ac.uk/Documents/PhotoConsentForm.pdf and return it to Steve Croker by post or fax.

Arriving by Coach or Minibus.

There is no coach parking and very limited minibus parking (by prior booking chem_net@bristol.ac.uk). Coaches can drop off and collect students at a safe point opposite the entrance to Cantock's Close on Woodland Road.

A Map for the School of Chemistry, BS81TS. can be found by clicking here


Please contact The School Teacher Fellow for any queries at t.g.harrison@bristol.ac.uk


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