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2018

July

17 - 20 July: Insight into Bristol (London), Bristol ChemLabS

This was a Widening Participation organised summer school. 14 Year 12 students from the London area visited Bristol ChemLabS for a series of Chemistry workshops and talks at various times within these 4 days. The students will extract caffeine from tea leaves, synthesis a solid anaesthetic, blend their own fragrance, use various forms of spectroscopy and enjoy talks, tours and demonstrations.

The 7 schools represented were: Brampton Manor Academy (Newham), Kingsdale Foundation School (Dulwich), The John Foster school (Croydon), Leighton Sixth form College (East London), Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre, Barking Abbey and Christ the King Sixth Form College (Lewisham).

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting Jonny Furze through the week were Mary Jenkinson-Finch, Joanna Sparks, Lina Mohammed and Hannah Steeds. Bethan Donnelly gave a talk on her research into fungicide synthesis. Jonny Furze gave a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’.

13 July: Chemistry Afternoon for Visiting Chinese School Students, Bristol ChemLabS

15 pre-university students from Qingdao China enjoyed a 2-hour practical session extracting caffeine from tea leaves in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories supervised by Chris Adams and assisted by postgraduate chemist Hannah Steeds. The students then experienced a lecture demonstration on ’Gases in the Air’ given by Jonny Furze. Bristol ChemLabS assisted the University of Bristol’s International Office’s Alex Barlow (International Recruitment Officer) in the organisation of this event.

13 July: Day 2: Two Day Chemistry Camp for Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

17 Year 11 and 12 students from Wallingford School (Oxon) s carried out a Fragrance Chemistry Workshop, before engaging in some organic synthesis of benzocaine, solid anaesthetic. In the afternoon, after a quick tour of the department the students enjoyed the lecture demonstration, ‘Gases in the Air’ performed by Jonny Furze, before departure. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Helen Grindy to bring about this event. The Postgraduates assisting the students were Jonny Furze, Hannah Steeds and Lina Mohammed.

12 July: Day 4, Sutton Trust Summer School, Bristol ChemLabS

9 Year 12 students from schools across the UK spent the week at the University of Bristol with 4 days spent within the School of Chemistry. On this last day the students spent the morning engaged in the synthesis of a diazo dyestuff. The students were looked after by Postgraduate Chemist Lina Mohammed and Undergraduate Chemist Lucy Bird also assisted. Bristol ChemLabS was working with the Widening Participation Office in the organization of this event.

11 July: Day 3: Three-Day Chemistry Camps for Westcliff Grammar School for Boys, Bristol ChemLabS

On this last day the 35 Year 12 students spent the first part of the morning engaged in a ultra-violet visible spectroscopy activity. This was followed by the synthesis of the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. The 3 day event was competed by talks from Postdoctoral Research Assistant Steve Street (Bristol) on on his research into G Quadruplex Anti-Cancer drugs and by Mike Davies-Coleman (University of the Western Cape, South Africa) entitled ‘Going to the Ends of the Earth in Search of New Chemistry’. The students were looked after by Postgraduate Chemists were Jonny Furze, and Mary Jenkinson-Finch with Lina Mohammed helping on the afternoon. Undergraduate Chemist Lucy Bird, on a summer placement, also assisted in the laboratory.

11 July: Day 3, Sutton Trust Summer School, Bristol ChemLabS

9 Year 12 students from schools across the UK spent the week at the University of Bristol with 4 days spent within the School of Chemistry. On this day the students spent the morning engaged in the synthesis of the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. The students were looked after by Postgraduate Chemist Lina Mohammed. Bristol ChemLabS was working with the Widening Participation Office in the organization of this event.

10 July: Day 2: Three-Day Chemistry Camps for Westcliff Grammar School for Boys, Bristol ChemLabS

On this second day the 35 Year 12 students were engaged in a circus of polymer chemistry, a tour of the analytical techniques departments (MS, XRD, SEM, NMR and IR) and an afternoon of perfume chemistry. Tim Harrison also gave a talk on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’. The postgraduate chemists working with the students in the laboratories were Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed, Mary Jenkinson-Finch and Sophie Brown. Undergraduate Chemist Lucy Bird, on a summer placement, also assisted in the laboratory.

10 July: Day 2, Sutton Trust Summer School, Bristol ChemLabS

9 Year 12 students from schools across the UK spent the week at the University of Bristol with 4 days spent within the School of Chemistry. On this day the students were engaged in a circus of polymer chemistry, a tour of the analytical techniques departments (MS, XRD, SEM, NMR and IR) and an afternoon of perfume chemistry. Tim Harrison also gave a talk on ‘Fragrance Chemistry’. The 9 schools represented were: Gower College (Swansea Dinas), Ysgol Gyfen Cwm Rhymni (Caerphilly, Gwent), Pendleton Sixth Form College (Manchester), Treorchy Comprehensive (Rhondda Cynon Taff), St Wilfrid’s Catholic Sixth Form College (Featherstone, West Yorks) Sacred Hart High School Hammersmith (London), Wydean Sixth form College (Gloucester), Bedwas High School (Trethomas, Gwent), Midsummer Norton Sixth Form College (Norton).

The students were looked after by Postgraduate Chemist Lina Mohammed. Bristol ChemLabS was working with the Widening Participation Office in the organization of this event.

09 July: Day 1, Sutton Trust Summer School, Bristol ChemLabS

10 Year 12 students from schools across the UK spent the week at the University of Bristol with 4 days spent within the School of Chemistry. On this day the students were introduced to the laboratory via a kinetics experiment and some colorimetric analysis before engaging in an afternoon of caffeine extraction from tea leaves. The day ended with Tim Harrison performing the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’.

The students, who come from far afield including Bath, Swansea, Manchester, London and Durham were looked after by Postgraduate Chemist Lina Mohammed. Bristol ChemLabS was working with the Widening Participation Office in the organization of this event.

06 July: Day 3: Three-Day Chemistry Camps for St Aloysius' College (Malta), Bristol ChemLabS

The last day of the chemistry camp, saw 30 of the 31 Maltese students synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine during the morning and tried their hand at perfume making in the afternoon. Tim Harrison gave a presentation on perfume chemistry. The postgraduate chemists working with the students in the laboratories were Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed and Mary Okoh.

05 July: Day 2: Three-Day Chemistry Camps for St Aloysius' College (Malta), Bristol ChemLabS

Today 30 of the 31 Maltese students utilised the skills learnt from the day before to extract and quantify the amount of vanillin in vanilla essence during the morning. A brief tour of the department ensued. The afternoon started with two presentations from Postgraduate Chemists; Bethan Donnelley spoke about her research into the synthesis of a fungicide after Krishna Mistry presented her work on frustrated Lewis acids as a potential catalyst. Both chemists explained their journey to becoming a chemist and what a PhD entails. The students the completed their day by synthesising a bright orange azo dye. The postgraduate chemists working with the students in the laboratories were Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed and Angela Suriyakumaran.

05 July: ‘My Future’, Science Day, Yeovil College, Somerset

The Bristol ChemLabS team returned to this Somerset college to help deliver a Science Day. The college were hosting a visit for Year 8 students from local secondary school schools. Alison Rivett performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ during the day. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Jocelyn Pritchard (Yeovil College) in the organisation of this event. This year 320 Year 8 students attended the event from Bucklers Mead Academy, (Yeovil), Stanchester Academy, Preston School (Yeovil) and Westfield Academy, (Yeovil)The day was sponsored by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

04 July: Day 1: Three-Day Chemistry Camps for Westcliffe Grammar School for Boys, Bristol ChemLabS

31 Year 12 students from this Essex co-educational school returned to Bristol ChemLabS for their 4th annual Chemistry trip. On this day the students were introduced to the laboratory via a kinetics experiment before engaging in an afternoon of caffeine extraction from tea leaves. The day ended with Jonny Furze performing the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’.

The postgraduate chemists working with the students in the laboratories were Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed, Mary Jenkinson-Finch and Sophie Brown. Undergraduate Chemist Lucy Bird, on a summer placement also assisted in the laboratory.

04 July: Day 1: Three-Day Chemistry Camps for St Aloysius' College (Malta), Bristol ChemLabS

31 Year 12 students from this Maltese school returned to Bristol ChemLabS for their annual Chemistry trip. On this day the students were introduced to the laboratory via a kinetics experiment and some colorimetric analysis before engaging in an afternoon of caffeine extraction from tea leaves. The day ended with Tim Harrison performing the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’. The postgraduate chemists working with the students in the laboratories were Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed ,Beth Glaisyer and Rafael Moreno.

03 July: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Year 12 students from Malvern St James (Worcester) were engaged in a caffeine extraction in the morning and entertained by talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. These were joined by 9 Year 10 students from Harris CofE Academy (Rugby) and by 17 Year 12 students from St Edward’s School (Oxford). Postgraduate chemist Bethan Donnelly gave a talk on her research into fungicide synthesis and Tm Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Both were in the School of Physics. The Postgraduates acting as demonstrators in the laboratories were Jonny Furze, Mary Okoh, Michael O’Hagan, Mary Jenkinson-Finch and Beth Glaisyer.

02 July: SIAS Workshops, The Big Bang at Cirencester College, Cirencester, Gloucs

Research chemists Fabian Fogarty and Rabi Chhantyal Pun took the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) spectrometers to this science festival. They engaged with 7 groups of students in Years 9 and 10 from 8 schools, during the day in 25 mins presentations. Altogether they engaged with 95 students,7 teachers and 7 representatives of the host college.

 The 8 Gloucestershire and Wiltshire state and independent schools participating were, Deer Park, St Joseph’s, Nova Hreod, Dorcan Academy, Kingsdown, Westonbirt, The School Farms Network and Abbey Park. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

02 July: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

28 Year 12 students from Kingswood School (Bath) made their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea and to enjoy an afternoon of lectures and a tour of the department. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Dr Jenny Wood in the organisation of this visit. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting Jonny Furze were Angela Suriyakumaran and Ailis Chadwick. Bethan Donnelly gave a talk on her work on organic synthesis of a potential fungicide.

June

28 and 29 June: Undergraduate Chemistry Taster Days/Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

On this camp students will spend days in the School of Chemistry undertaking practical exercises, talks, tours and lectures. A group of 12 students from St Martins School (Essex), organised by John Peacock attended. The students enjoyed practical work in analytical chemistry, natural product extraction and synthesised a drug. Jonny Furze presented the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’. Postgraduate Chemists Krishna Mistyry and Jamie Cadge presented talks on their areas of research. Assisting Jonny Furze in demonstrating in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory were Postgraduate Chemists Angela Suriyakumaran and Mary Jenkinson-Finch.

28 June: STEAM Festival, Colston's School, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS supported this local event, which will involve dozens of local primary schools, by providing a lecture demonstration during the evening. 100 pupils in Years 5-6 and 40 accompanying teachers and parents saw the short demonstration chemistry talk given by Tim Harrison. Around 20 local primary schools were represented at this event which was in support of STEAM subjects. Bristol ChemLabS will work with Paul Temple (Head of Chemistry / Academic) in the host school in the organisation of this event. The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

28 June: Annual Skirting Science Event, Churchill Academy, Churchill, North Somerset

In a second set of activities at this event Postgraduate Chemists, Laura Chavda, Lauren O’Neil, Jenny Samphire, Bethan Donnelly, Beth Glaisyer, Hannah Steeds, Rachel Doyle, Jessica Cross, Eliza Hunt, Sbu Mbatha, Makenzie Millward, Madelene Waldron, Lucy Bird, Natalie Pridmore aided Natalie Fey in delivering 6 workshops to around 100 girls at this annual event. This event, organised by the Weston-super-Mare Branch of Soroptimists International, brings together Year 9 girls and science professionals from various research, industrial and educational organisations. The workshops on ‘Sharing molecules - some chemistry you can try at home’ involved a range of food and kitchen items to build molecules, test acids and bases, and explored the scientific method with flour and Alka Seltzer. The workshops were based on a booklet developed by former undergraduate student Eloise Hicketts, former lab technician Bryony Wadkin-Snaith and academic Natalie Fey, with support from a Small Outreach Grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

28 June: 10th Skirting Science Festival, Churchill School, Somerset

This year is the 10th Skirting Science event which promotes science to Year 9 girls. Former PhD chemist Emma Liddle represented Bristol ChemLabS in delivering one element of the day of hands-on science and the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit. This was just one of two workshops given by members of the School of Chemistry at this event. Emma gave 3x 1hour sessions to a total of 52 girls and 6 teachers. The event was supported by Bristol ChemLabS.

The Somerset and Bristol schools participating were Backwell, Nailsea, Wortle, Churchill and Clifton Down. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

27 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Year 9 Gifted and Talented students from Harris CofE (Rugby, Warks) made their inaugural visit to Bristol ChemLabS to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and to have an afternoon of talks, tours and lecture demonstrations. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the labs were Jonny Furze and Hannah Steeds. Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration for the students on the topic of ‘What is and isn’t Chemistry?’

25 and 26 June: Undergraduate Chemistry Taster Days/Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

9 Year 12 students from Dulwich College (S. London) and 11 senior students from Lancing College (W.Sussex) will visit the School of Chemistry for two days of practical work, talks, tours and demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS is working with chemistry teacher Harry Willetts (Dulwich) and Mark Walsh (Lancing) in the organisation of this event. The postgraduates assisting Jonny Furze in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories were Angela Suriyakumaran, Mary Jenkinson-Finch, Lisa Mohammed and Rafael Moreno. Postgraduate Chemist, Krishna Mistry presented a talk on her research into Frustrated lone pair catalysis and Bethan Donnelly talked about her work on her work into the synthesis of a fungicide.

22 June: Benzocaine Synthesis Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

King’s Bruton (Somerset) 6 Year 12s, 15 Year 12 from Wellsway (Wilts), and 26 Year 12 from Sheborne Girls’ School (Dorset) made their annual visits to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories. The groups synthesised benzocaine during the morning. The students were aided in their practical work by Jonny Furze, Beth Glaisyer, Louise Eagling and Angelina Suriyakumaran In the afternoon Postgraduate chemist Jamie Cadge gave a talk on his research. The day ended with Tim Harrison presenting the lecture demonstration a chemical delight’.

20 June: Caffeine Extraction Day, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

26 Year 12 students from Bryanston School (Dorset) again spent the day at Bristol extracting caffeine from tea leaves and engaged in an afternoon of talks and lectures. Jonny Furze presented the lecture demonstration gases in the Air’ and postgraduate chemist Krishna Mistry gave a presentation on ‘’Frustrated Lewis Acid Adducts’. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in the Undergraduate teaching Laboratories were Mary Okoh and Michael O’Hagan. Former Bristol undergraduate Abigail Elliot (Bryanston) coordinated this annual visit for her department

13 June: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Petroc College, Barnstable, Devon

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was again taken to this Devonian College by Postgraduate Chemists Jonny Furze and Joanna Sparks so that Post 16 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. Altogether 21 Post 16 students and 1 teacher used the kit in a workshop.

‘I would like to say a huge thank you to your PG students. They were absolutely fantastic - the workshop was perfect. Without exception, our students commented that it was enjoyable, interesting and informative and this was down to your PG students!’ Debbie Bunker, Chemistry Teacher

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

13 June: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

19 Year 12 students from Wycliffe College (Stroud, Gloucs) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to engage in the synthesis of benzocaine, talks and a lecture. Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Michel gave a talk on her research into smart medical materials. Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’.

Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students in the laboratory were Beth Glaisyer and Ailis Chadwick.

08 June: Chipping Sodbury Festival, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucs

Tim Harrison, with Jonny Furze, returned to deliver 2 demonstrations to 140 Year 7 students from Chipping Sodbury School for the tenth consecutive year at an event hosted at the Town Hall. The lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ was part of the town's annual festival. The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 June: Chemistry Demonstrations, Annual STEM Day New College, Swindon, Wilts

Postgraduate chemist Jonny Furze, performed 3 one-hour lecture demonstrations on ‘Gases in the Air’ for approximately 400 Year 8 students from several local secondary schools. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Amanda Spanswick (Faculty Manager, English, Languages, Maths and Science) in the organising of this event.

The 4 schools attending were: Bradon Forest School (Purton), Commonweal School, (Swindon), Kingsdown School, (Swindon) and Pewsey Vale School, (Pewsey). 

This event was sponsored in part by a widening participation grant from the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

06 June: Science Assemblies, Wimbledon High School, London SE 19

Tim Harrison performed 2 lecture demonstrations on 'Gases in the Air' for 300 students, mainly in Years 7, 8 10 (and the odd Post 16 student who sneaked in) and 14 teachers (including the head teacher).

Thanks so much for ringing your passion and inspiration to our girls. Apart from year 7s wanting to sign you up to “Britain’s Got Talent”, the Year 8s were miffed that they could stay listening to you till 4pm! Thanks so much, we all had an awesome time, you really brought a special buzz to the school.’ -KS3 Science Coordinator.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Nadine Russo (KS3 Science Coordinator) at the school. The event is partially sponsored by a widening participation grant held as a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group ((ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

May

25 May: Lecture Demonstration for Schools, University of Valencia, Spain

Tim Harrison returned to Valencia to give a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ for 80 English speaking students from Deutsche Schule Valencia in the city. Also in attendance were 24 science technicians from universities across Europe who were engaged in a week-long inset. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with Dr Teresa Climent (Valencia) in the organisation of this event.

24 May: SIAS Visit, Bridgewater and Taunton College, Somerset

Postgraduate chemists Jonny Furze and Fabian Fogerty delivered a workshop on spectroscopy to 27 Year 12 students (mainly A level chemists but also including IB students) at the FE college. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

18 May: Polymer Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

78 Year 10 students from Sherborne Girls School (Dorset) took part in their annual polymer chemistry workshop during the morning and a programme of talks and demonstrations in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Michel engaged the young women in a talk on Medical Smart Materials from Sugars and was questioned at length. Tim Harrison then concluded the day with a version of the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’.

The team of postgraduates assisting the students in the laboratory were Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed, Rafael Moreno, Sian Fussell, Angela Suriyakumaran, Mary Jenkinson-Finch, Michael O'Hagan and Alberto Avila.

17 May: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

13 Post 16 students from Colston’s School (Bristol) and 16 Year 12s from D’Overbroeck’s College (Oxon) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to engage in practical work involving the extraction of caffeine from tea leaves. In the afternoon the students enjoyed a lecture by Postgraduate Sarah Michel a on smart materials to be used in medical science applications and Tim Harrison performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to finish the day visit.

The postgraduate students assisting Jonny Furze with the lab work were Lena Mohammed, Mary Okoh, Beth Glaisyer and Rafael Moreno.

16 May: Caffeine Extraction Workshop, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

50 Year 10 students from Wells Cathedral School spent the morning working in the School of Chemistry's Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves and enjoying the lectures in the afternoon. As part of their annual visit the students also enjoyed an afternoon talk given by postgraduate chemist Bethan Donnelly and a lecture demonstration given by Tim Harrison on ‘Gases in the Air’.

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students with their lab work and assisting Jonny Furze were, Fabian Fogarty, Michael O'Hagan, Mary Jenkinson-Finch and Rafael Moreno.

15 May: Salters’ Chemistry Festival Provisional Date, Bristol ChemLabS

This date was set aside for the only session of this year’s Salters’ chemistry competition for Year 7/8 students. 64 students formed 16 teams from schools from Hereford to Devon to compete in this annual competition.

The winners of the Salters’ Competition were:

1st place Bristol Free School

 2nd place St Mary’s Radcliffe

3rd place Kin’s Hall Shool

The winners of the University Competition Prize were:

1st place Redland Green School

2nd place St Mary Roman Catholic School

3rd place Nailsea School

The 16 schools represented were: Balcarras School (Cheltenham, Gloucs), Beaudesert Park School (Gloucs), Beaudesert Park School (Gloucs), Blundell's School (Tiverton), Bristol Free School (Briatol), Bristol Free School (Bristol), Clifton High School (Bristol), Exeter School (Devon), Focus School Berkeley Campus (Gloucs), Immanuel Christian School (Westerleigh, Bristol), King's Hall School (Taunton, Somerset), Nailsea School (Bristol), Sherborne School for Girls (Dorset), St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School (Bristol),, St. Mary's RC High School (Hereford) and The King's School (Gloucester).

The Postgraduate Chemists acting as judges during the event were: Jonny Furze, Rafael Moreno, Angela Suriyakumaran and Sophie Brown.

April

26 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, King’s School, Gloucester, Gloucs

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by Chemists Jo Sparks and Jonny Furze during the morning so that 16 Post 16 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit. The 8 Year 12 students had a follow-on session on spectral analysis and in chemistry careers by the research chemists. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

26 April: RSC Evening Lecture, The Chemistry of a Good Curry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Prof Nazira Karodia, (Dean of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton) and 2013 ‘Food Glorious Food’ winner Rahila Hussain (a cook, author and teacher from Huddersfield) gave a splendid 90 minute talk about the chemistry of curry spices while at the same time managing to give samples of spices and food cooked in the lecture theatre to 55 members of the public, RSC members and school in a very informal and well received lecture. the schools represented were; students (Wydean School, Gloucs, Varndean College (Brighton) and Cotham School (Bristol). This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

25 April: Open Laboratories Day, Bristol ChemLabS

In a session led by Jonny Furze, 26 senior students from Radley College (Abingdon, Oxon) spent the morning working in the teaching laboratories and enjoying lectures and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS was again working with teacher Keith Halliday in the organisation of this event.

‘Dear Tim, thank you for hosting our visit to Bristol yesterday. The boys really enjoyed the day - working in a real university lab was a great experience for them. Finally, a thank you to Krishna and yourself for the talks you gave us during the afternoon. Both were highly informative and I hope we caught the interest of the boys ahead of their UCAS applications. ’  - Head of Chemistry

The Postgraduate Chemists assisting with the practical work were: Mary Jenkinson-Finch, Lina Mohammed, Beth Glaisyer and Hannah Steeds. In the afternoon Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry talked about her PhD life and her research into ‘Frustrated Lewis Pairs’. This was followed by a lecture demonstration performed by Tim Harrison. Both talks were enjoyed by all.

19 April: Science Assembly, Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland College, Hinckley, Leics

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, performed the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ to 45 Year 5 pupils and 10 teachers and parents from St Mary’s Primary School (Hinckley). Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry Catherine Smith in the organisation of this event.

‘First and foremost the students had a fantastic time, and having spoken to many of them in the few days since the visit they have clearly come away enthused about STEM. Tim’s presentation style was engaging and informative. He kept the young people enthralled with his demonstrations and maintained a light hearted tone throughout with his humour. The science was frequently related to everyday scenarios the students were familiar with, which maintained engagement and I am certain would be brought up in discussions at home in the coming weeks and months.’ - Catherine Smith (organising teacher)

The visit was hosted by the local secondary school and was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

18 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

31 Year 10 students from Rendcomb College (Cirencester, Gloucs) made their annual visit the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning and to enjoy talks and a lecture demonstration in the afternoon. These were joined by 10 Post 16 students from St John’s Marlborough to synthesise aspirin. The students were aided in their lab work by postgraduate chemists Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed, Mary Okoh and Fabian Fogarty. In the afternoon the students all enjoyed a talk by postgraduate chemist Bethan Donnelly on her work into the synthesis of a fungicide. This was followed by a performance of the lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’ given by Tim Harrison.

13 April: Lecture Demonstration, STEM Taster Day, University of Bristol

Tim Harrison, aided by Jonny Furze, gave a presentation of ‘Gases in the Air’ to over 30 Year 12 students from 21 schools. The Year 12 students were from both state and independent schools across the UK.

The schools attending were: Abbeywood Community School, Backwell School, Beechen Cliff School, Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Bristol Grammar School, Canolfan Gwenallt Ystalyfera, Cheltenham Bournside School, Cirencester College, Clevedon School,  Coleg Sir Gar, Cotham School, Cowbridge Comprehensive School, Gower College Swansea Gorseinon, Matthew Arnold School, North Bristol Post-16 College, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, St. Brendan's Sixth Form College, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf and Ysgol Gyfun Ystalyfera - Canolfan Gwenallt.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation and Undergraduate Recruitment Office in the organisation of this event.

12 April: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

18 Year 10 students from Writhlington School (Radstock, BANES) visited the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine from tea leaves during the morning. In the afternoon the students enjoyed a talk from postgraduate chemist Sarah Michel on research into smart medical material science and a lecture demonstration on ‘Gases in the Air’ by Tim Harrison. In the laboratories the school students were assisted in their practical work by postgraduate chemists Jonny Furze, Mary Okoh and Louise Eagling.

06 April: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Monmouth School, Monmouth, Gwent

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Welsh school by Postgraduate Chemists Fabian Fogharty, Bethan Donnelly and Jo Sparks during this period so that 97 Post 16 students from both boys and girls schools had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during 4 sessions of the visit.

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

March

26 March: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Monmouth School, Monmouth, Gwent

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this Welsh school by Postgraduate Chemists Fabian Fogarty, Bethan Donnelly and Jo Sparks during this period so that 97 Post 16 students from both boys and girls schools had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during 4 sessions of the visit.

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

21 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 students from Badminton School (Bristol) and 20 students from the newly formed Redmaids’ High School (Bristol) visited the undergraduate Teaching Laboratories for a morning of practical work where students extracted caffeine from tea leaves during the morning.

The postgraduate chemists assisting Chris Holland in helping the students in the laboratories were: Jonny Furze, Mary Okoh, Joanna Sparks and Louise Eagling.

The Redmaid’s visit was partly sponsored by Bristol ChemLabS outreach as a thank you to having final year students into the school as part of their educational project in recent years.

21 March: 2018 Access to Bristol Course, Session 6, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will see a maximum of 30 Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. This was the last of a six week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations.

 On this occasion the students synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine. The postgraduate chemists assisting Chris Holland in helping the students in the laboratories were: Matt Mulvee, Lina Mohammed and Hannah Steeds.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

14 March: National Science Week Schools Conference Afternoon, Bristol ChemLabS

119 Year 12 students were in attendance at the conference. Duncan Wass, Professor of Catalysis, Bristol) gave a talk on catalysis, Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry talked on the topic of her research and a lecture demonstration was performed by Postgraduate Chemists Jonny Furze and Sam Briggs.

Those attending were: Access to Bristol course students - 32, Yeovil College - 34, Sherborne School - 18 and St Mary's (Calne) - 25.

This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

14 March: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

25 Year 12 students from St Mary’s Calne (Dorset) and 18 Year 12s from Sherborne School synthesised benzocaine or extracted caffeine during the morning before attending the National Science Week Schools Conference in the afternoon. The postgraduate assisting Chris Holland in supporting students in the teaching laboratories were: Fabian Fogarty, Jonny Furze, Hannah Steeds and Beth Glaisyer.

14 March: Science Demonstration, SciFest Africa, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutants Tale' to 60 Year 8 learners and their educators on this last lecture session at SciFest Africa 2018. Bristol ChemLabS thanks the School of Chemistry at Rhodes University for their help in this endeavour. In particular they wish to thank Joyce Sewry, lecturer in Chemistry at Rhodes.

07 March: Chemistry Camp for Jersey School for Girls, Bristol ChemLabS

25 Year 12 students from the Channel Islands’ state school paid another visit to the School of Chemistry to take part in a condensed residential experience of laboratory work and lectures. Today the young women enjoyed a morning of practical work where they extracted caffeine from tea in the morning and synthesised aspirin in the afternoon culminating in a departmental tours. The Postgraduate Chemists assisting the students were Jonny Furze and Matt Mulvee.

13 March: Science Demonstration, SciFest Africa, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 80 learners, educators and members of the public on this lunchtime session at Africa's biggest science festival. Bristol ChemLabS thanks the School of Chemistry at Rhodes University for their help in this endeavour. In particular they wish to thank Joyce Sewry, lecturer in Chemistry at Rhodes.

12 March: Science Demonstration, SciFest Africa, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 250 learners, educators and members of the public on this lunchtime session at Africa's biggest science festival. Bristol ChemLabS thanks the School of Chemistry at Rhodes University for their help in this endeavour. In particular, they wish to thank Joyce Sewry, lecturer in Chemistry at Rhodes.

10 March: Science Demonstration, SciFest Africa, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 310 learners, educators and members if the public on this Saturday morning at Africa's biggest science festival. Bristol ChemLabS thanks the School of Chemistry at Rhodes University for their help in this endeavour. In particular they wish to thank Joyce Sewry, lecturer in Chemistry at Rhodes.

09 March: Science Demonstration, SciFest Africa, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross presented the lecture demonstration 'A Pollutant's Tale' to 166 learners, educators and members of the public on the first day of their visit to Africa's biggest science festival. Bristol ChemLabS thanks the School of Chemistry at Rhodes University for their help in this endeavour.

07 March: 2018 Access to Bristol Course, Session 4, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session will saw 28 Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. The six week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. On this occasion the students attended a workshop on NMR spectroscopy given by Postgraduate Chemists Angela Suriyakumaran and Bethan Donnelly. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

07 March: Open Laboratory Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Year 12 students from Sidcot School (Somerset) paid another visit to the School of Chemistry to take part in a morning of laboratory work where they extracted caffeine from tea leaves. The afternoon comprised a lecture on smart medical materials given by postgraduate Chemist Sarah Michel and a lecture demonstration presented by Sam Furze and Jonny Furze. The postgraduate Chemist assisting the students was Mary Okoh.

06 March: Schools Chemistry Conference Evening , Bristol ChemLabS

Two hours of lectures and talks were presented at this evening session. The first two talks were given by postgraduate chemists on areas aligned with their research (Frustrated Lewis Pairs and Using Photochemistry in Organic Synthesis) by Krishna Mistry and Bethan Donnelly. The last hour of the session was a lecture demonstration on ‘Chemical Kinetics’ given by Tim Harrison (Bristol). These were seen by 25 Year 12 students and 3 teachers from Jersey School for Girls and for a Year 12 student from Bath (and her dad). This event was sponsored by the Bristol and District Branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

05 March: Lecture Demonstrations, Lady Eleanor Holles, Hampton, Middlesex

Tim Harrison made an inaugural visit to this girls’ independent school in West London to give performances of ‘Gases in the Air’ to several year groups. The three lecture demonstrations performed in the day were to 300 Year 7-9 students, 20 Year 11 students and to a total of 24 Year 9 and 10 students from the nearby Hampton School, 18 teachers and technicians also saw the talks.

Thanks very much for coming yesterday, the girls absolutely loved it as did our visiting students.’ Catherine Packer

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Catherine Packer (Chemistry Teacher) in the organization of this event. The event was partly sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

February

23 February: Chemistry Demonstrations, Commonweal School, Swindon, Wilts

Tim Harrison spent the day at this school giving a series of one hour-long demonstration lectures for younger students at the school and for senior pupils from regional primary schools. The lecture demonstration was performed twice; firstly to 222 Year10 students and then to 237 KS3 Year 9s. 20 Teachers and technical staff also saw the talks. Tim Harrison was aided by postgraduate chemist Fabian Fogarty during the day.

‘An excellent hour of show stopping chemistry demonstrations backed up with the theory behind how and why it happens. The students and staff were inspired and wowed at the possibilities of chemistry. The KS3 students benefitted from seeing the opportunities available in their futures and inspiring them to consider how chemistry effects their everyday life. With the crossroads of exam choices. It motivated them into seeing the purpose of science and why it is essential in their lives. The KS4 students were able to use this hour to consolidate and develop their knowledge and understanding of chemistry and some physics aspects within the curriculum in a fun and exciting way. Overall an enjoyable, fun packed day with learning happening without them even realising.’ -Polly Long

Bristol ChemLabS worked with science teacher Polly Long (Commonweal School) in the organisation of the event. The visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

21 February: Access to Bristol Course, Session 3, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 30 Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students made their own fragrance and had a talk from Tim Harrison on’ Fragrance Chemistry’. The six week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course.

The postgraduate chemists assisting the students with their lab work were Jonny Furze, Angela Suriyakumaran and Lina Mohammed.

09 February: HE Afternoon Talk, Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Tim Harrison delivered an afternoon workshop as part of a Higher Education event for 11 Post 16 students from this and five local schools during the afternoon.

09 February: Fragrance Chemistry Talk, Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Tim Harrison revisited the school after 10 years to give an evening presentation of a talk on ‘Perfume/Fragrance Chemistry’ to around 60 students (Years 8-13) and 6 staff from local schools at the school as part of Bryanston’s 'The Science Society' programme. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Abi Elliot in the organisation of this event.

08 February: Evening Lecture: A Pollutant’s Tale, Monkton Park School, Bath, Somerset

Tim Harrison performed this popular lecture demonstration at the school, aided by Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry (who was the scientist in residence at the school that week). The evening lecture was seen by 60 students in Years 9-13 and 5 teachers.

‘Once again thank you for the engaging lecture you delivered last night. Our students all had an enjoyable and informative evening.’, Guy Thompson, Head of Chemistry

The event was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

07 February: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

35 Year 12 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories dehydrating 2-methylcyclohexanol in their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. The postgraduates assisting the students in the laboratories were: Beth Glaisyer, Mary Okoh and Fabian Fogarty.

07 February: 2018 Access to Bristol Course, Session 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This afternoon session saw 21 (of 30) Year 12 students from regional state schools visiting Bristol ChemLabS. All the students on this course intend to apply for future chemistry degree courses somewhere in the UK. On this occasion the students carried out a dehydration reaction with infra-red spectroscopy and other analysis of the products. The six-week chemistry course will involve a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, tours and lecture/lecture demonstrations. Bristol ChemLabS is working with the Widening Participation Office of the University of Bristol in the organisation of this course. The postgraduates assisting the students in the laboratories were: Jonny Furze, Rafael Moreno and Siying Zhong.

05-08 February: Scientist in Residence, Monkton School, Bath, BANES

Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry spent 4 days at the school as a ‘Scientist in Residence’ working with hundreds of students, 195 from Year 9 to Post 16. The activities that the students enjoyed ranged from learning about thin layer chromatography, reduction of a carbonyl, and talks on her research. Krishna also gave 4 workshop sessions with the RSC’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit to Post 16 classes. Altogether 80 students in Years 11 to Year 13 were engaged in the RSC’s spectroscopy project.

We've had a fantastic week with Krishna who has been superb with all our classes. She has been exemplary, and I'd like to praise her organisation, planning, preparation, knowledge and presentation of information to the students. They've got a lot out of Krishna's visit and who knows? We might have sparked some future stars of Chemistry.’ Guy Thompson, Head of Chemistry

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

02 February: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar, Somerset

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by postgraduate Chemist Bethan Dolan, aided by Tim Harrison so that 18 Year 13 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the 2 hour visit. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

January

31 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

39 Year 11 students from Marlborough College (Wilts) spent the morning in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories extracting caffeine from tea leaves in their annual visit to Bristol ChemLabS. These students were joined by 10 students from Leweston School (Dorset) who synthesised aspirin before engaging in an afternoon of other talks.

Postgraduate Chemist Sarah Michel gave a talk on her research into medical smart materials. This was followed by a lecture demonstration given by Postgraduate Chemist Sam Briggs on ‘Gases in the Air’.

The students were assisted in their practical work by Postgraduate Chemists Jonny Furze, Lina Mohammed, Beth Glaisyer, Fabian Fogarty and Mary Okoh.

31 January: Access to Bristol 2018 Session 1, Bristol ChemLabS

29 Year 12 students from 17 regional schools and who all have expressed an interest in reading a chemistry-based degree, attended their first session at the School of Chemistry. The students extracted caffeine from tea leaves during the afternoon. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students were Rafael Moreno, Angela Suriyakumaran and Matt Mulvee.

The schools represented were: Backwell School, Brimsham Green School (S. Gloucs), Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Bristol Free School, Chipping Sodbury School (S. Gloucs), Churchill Academy, Gordano School, Katharine Lady Berkeley School (Gloucs), Midsomer Norton Sixth Form (Oxon), North Bristol Post 16 Centre - Redland Green, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy (Wilts), Sheldon School, Sir Bernard Lovell School (S. Gloucs), St Brendan's Sixth Form College (Bristol) , Strode College (Somerset), The Castle School Sixth Form (Thornbury, S. Gloucs), The Kings of Wessex Academy (Somerset), The New Sixth (Bath) and The Ridings' Federation Winterbourne International (S. Gloucs).

29 January: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Bradly Stoke School, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by Postgraduate Chemists Maddy Nichols and Jo Sparks during this period so that 30 Post 16 students could use the spectrometers during the visit.

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

24 January: RSC Analytical Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

13 schools of the 16 who booked places took part in the annual RSC Analytical Competition heats for teams of three Year 12 students per school. The students were given two practical tasks and a paper and pen exercise tie break exercise.

The results were:

1st  Sidcot School (Somerset)

2nd  Sir Thomas Rich's School (Gloucs)

3rd  Exeter School (Devon)

The Postgraduate Chemists acting as judges were: Jonny Furze, Sam Briggs, Angela Suriyakumaran and Matt Mulvee.

The schools represented were;  Sidcot School, Blundells, Cheltenham Ladies College, St Marys Calne,  King Edwards School, Bath, Colyton Grammar School ,Wycliffe School, Bristol Grammar School, Exeter School, Cheltenham College, Dauntsey's School,  St Helen and St Katharine and Sir Thomas Rich’s School. 

The Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Bristol ChemLabS sponsored the event.

23 January: RSC Schools’ Chemistry Conference, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Gloucs

180 Year 10 and Year 12 students and 10 teachers from 3 schools enjoyed a morning of chemistry talks. Tim Harrison (Bristol), substituting for Zoe Schnepp (Birmingham), gave a climate change talk. Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry gave a talk on her work on frustrate Lewis Pair, Catalysis and how to become a postgraduate. The traditional lecture demonstration was given by Nick Barker (Warwick) aided by Tim Harrison.

Thank you for your brilliant lecture demonstrations and helping to make the day such a success. The students in both the morning and afternoon loved it…I missed your lecture, Tim, but my IB girls referenced it when I taught them about the mechanism of CFC degradation of ozone on Friday and discussed temperature changes through the atmosphere! ‘ Head of Chemistry

The schools represented were Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Gordano School (Portishead) and Marling School (Stroud, Gloucs). The event was sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

15 January: RSC Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Workshops, Malmesbury School, Wilts

Postgraduate Chemists Fabian Fogarty and Joanna Sparks gave 2 spectroscopy workshops to a total of 35 Year 13s at this specialist science college.  For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

18-19 January: Christmas Conference Lectures, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

Bristol ChemLabS revisited this local specialist science college for the 10th consecutive year to deliver a series of lecture demonstrations to pupils from their feeder primary schools and several of their own year groups. 200 Year 8 pupils and 35 Year 12 science Students saw 2 performances of the science lecture demonstration ‘Gases in the Air’.

"This week St Bede’s hosted the University of Bristol Christmas Lectures provided by ChemLabs. These lectures are modelled on the Christmas lectures held annually by the Royal Institution in London which are televised during the Christmas period. It is through events like this that St Bede’s promotes its science specialism and helps make science more accessible to pupils. Many of the pupils took part in the experiments, causing loud explosions and rapid effervescing!"

Tom, a year 8 pupil said “I found the lecture really interesting. You could find out which gases exploded.  Alison showed us things that we hadn’t been able to see before!”  

The visit is subsidised by a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

17 January: RSC Top of the Bench Competition, Bristol ChemLabS

This competition for school teams of 4 students (2 x Year 9, 1 xYear10 and 1 x Year 11) saw 15 teams from the region battle it out in both laboratory challenges and a paper and pen chemistry quiz. While the judges marked the teams’ efforts Tim Harrison performed a lecture demonstration. The eventual winners were King Edward’s School (Bath) with Blundell’s School second and Exeter school third.

The schools attending: St Marys Calne (Wilts), Wycliffe School (Gloucs), Badminton School (Bristol), St Katherine’s School (Bristol), Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Blundell’s School (Devon), Stonar School (Wilts), Sir Thomas Rich’s School (Gloucs) , Bristol Grammar School, Sidcot School (Somerset), Cheltenham College, Exeter School and King Edwards School (Bath).

The Postgraduate Judges were: Jonny Furze, Matt Mulvee, Sam Briggs and Krishna Mistry.

12 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

17 Year 13 students from Monkton School (Bath) made an inaugural visit to Bristol ChemLabS for a morning of practical work on Transition Metals and an afternoon of talks. These were joined by 19 Post 16 students from Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Devon) working on benzocaine synthesis. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Chris Hall (Churston Ferrers Grammar School) in the organisation of their visit. Also visiting were 22 Year 10 G&T students from Carterton School (Oxon) present to extract caffeine from tea during the morning before joining the others for talks and a lecture demonstration during the afternoon. Bristol ChemLabS worked with long-standing CHeMneT member Chris Chadwick in the organisation of this visit. Sarah Michel gave a talk on smart medical materials and Tim Harrison presented a lecture demonstration on the topic of ‘Gases in the Air’.

The postgraduate students working with the school students in the labs were: Lina Mohammed, Sam Briggs, Jonny Furze, Matt Mulvee, Ailis Chadwick, Beth Glaisyer and Angela Suriyakumaran.

11 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

29 Year 12 and 13 students Churchill Academy (Somerset) visited the School of Chemistry for a caffeine extraction morning and an afternoon of talks and demonstrations on their annual visit. These students will be joined by 11 Year 12 girls from Tormead School (Guildford, Surrey) who are making their inaugural visit to Bristol. Bristol ChemLabS worked with CHeMneT member Zoe Jarvis (Tormead) in the organisation of this event.

The postgraduates helping the students in the laboratories were: Beth Glaisyer, Lina Mohammed, Mary Okoh and Sam Briggs.

Postgraduate chemist Bethan Donnelly gave a 30 minute talk on her research into drug synthesis using photochemistry and Tim Harrison gave a lecture demonstration of ‘Gases in the Air’.

10 January: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

Wells Cathedral School (organised by teacher Helen Talent) visited Bristol ChemLabS today. 22 Year 12 students dehydrated methyl cyclohexanol while Year 13 students synthesised and analysed aspirin. The students were aided in their laboratory work by postgraduate chemists: Jonny Furze, Matt Mulvee, Angela Suriyakumaran and David Tilly.

06 January: RSC Family (and Schools) Lecture Demonstration, University of Southampton, Hants

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed an extended version of the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale ' to 250 members of the community on this Saturday event. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Prof. David Read (Soton) in the organisation of this event.

04-05 January: Winter Chemistry Camp, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual 2-day winter camp for school groups (Y11-13) ran again. The camp will comprised extraction of caffeine from tea, an organic synthesis of a drug, a perfume chemistry workshop and spectroscopy tours, talks, tours and demonstrations. 6 Year 13s from St Lawrence College (Ramsgate, Kent) again visited Bristol for this camp. Postgraduate Krishna Mistry assisted the students with their practical work as well as gave a talk. Tim Harrison gave talks on perfumery and climate change.

2017

December

18 December: Science Demonstration, John of Gaunt Academy, Trowbridge, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave a morning performance of ‘Gases in the Air to an audience of around 150 Year 7 students and 5 staff. The event was sponsored by an education grant held by the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

18 December: Science Demonstration, St Augustine’s Catholic College, Trowbridge, Wilts

Tim Harrison gave an afternoon performance of ‘Gases in the Air to an audience of around 150 students from Year 8 to Year 13. Students were from the school’s science club and from A level Chemistry and Physics. 4 staff were also in attendance.

Many thanks for your visit today which was enjoyed by all. I am so pleased that the content included so much on atmospheric gases as, you will be aware, there is a big section on Chemistry of the Atmosphere in the new AQA GCSE specification. I feel sure that your lecture will have had on a big impact on their knowledge of the common gases as well as bringing a breath of fresh air and a huge dose of enthusiasm to what can otherwise be a relatively dry area of study. We look forward to the next time.’ Head of Chemistry

The event was sponsored by a widening participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

08 December: Lecture Demonstrations, Bishop Wordsworth's School, Salisbury, Wilts

Tim Harrison revisited the Salisbury school to give two lecture demonstrations on ‘Gases in the Air’ to Year 10 students and revision talk/demonstration to Year 11 students at the school during the morning. A total of 260 students and 7 teachers saw the talks.

Tim delivered two sessions, one to our year 10 boys and the other to our year 11 boys this year. As always, the students were totally engaged, watching and listening with enthusiasm, answering questions and frequently laughing at the humourous delivery of great chemistry. Tims' talks have become part of our approach to encourage the A Level Chemists of the future, for those students dithering between Chemistry and another A Level choice his talk is often a persuader. Over the last four years we have sent more students off to study straight Chemistry at University (in addition to Natural Sciences, Biosciences, chemical engineering etc) and I think that Tim's work has had a part to play in encouraging our students.’ Head of Chemistry

This visit was sponsored by a portfolio of NERC research grants held by Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) at the University of Bristol.

06 December: Caffeine Extraction Morning, Bristol ChemLabS

56 Year 10 students from Badminton School for Girls (Bristol) attended the School of Chemistry in the morning to extract caffeine from tea. The students also attended the Christmas Chemistry Conference for Schools in the afternoon. The students were aided in their laboratory work by Lina Mohammed, Jonny Furze, Mary Okoh, Fabian Fogerty and Rafael Moreno. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Head of Chemistry Michael Gibbons in organising this event.

06 December: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by Postgraduate Chemists Bethan Donnelly and Jo Sparks during this period so that 12 Post 16 students had the opportunity to use the spectrometers during the visit.

Just a quick e-mail to say we had an excellent visit from Joanna and Beth from the outreach team. Thanks again for organising: our Y13 students took much away from it.’ Head of Chemistry

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

06 December: Schools Chemistry Conference, Bristol ChemLabS

The annual Christmas Chemistry Conference saw 240 Year 10-13 students and 20 teachers from 8 schools from across the region enjoy an afternoon of lectures and demonstrations. The programme comprised talks on geochemistry (‘The chemistry of climate change: Ghosts of climates past, present and future.) by Rich Pancost (Director of the University of Bristol Cabot Institute), postgraduate Chemist Sarah Michel (Bristol) on potential Smart material uses for Spina Bifida treatment and the lecture demonstration ‘Redox Chemistry at Christmas: Is it Better to Give, or to Receive?‘ by David Read and Paul Wilson (Soton). There was an interval for the consumption of a mountain of mince pies.

Schools attending were: Badminton School (Year 10, Bristol), St Brendan’s Sixth Form College (Year 12, Bristol), Cheltenham Ladies College (Gloucs), Colston’s (Year 11,12, Bristol). Bristol Free School (Year 11), Redmaids (Year 12, Bristol), Beaufort Academy (Year 11, Gloucester) and St Katherine’s (Bristol). The event is sponsored by the Bristol and District branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and a Widening Participation grant held by the Science Faculty at the University of Bristol.

01 December: Women in STEMM Event, University of Bristol

The Women in Chemistry Working Group (WICWG), aided by STEM Ambassadors, ran a stall with some chemistry activities for Year 9 students (boys and girls) to try. Two sessions were provided for a total of 100 students from 10 local schools. Schools taking part were Abbeywood Community School, Backwell School, Bedminster Down School, Bristol Brunel Academy, The Castle School, Fairfield High School, Gordano School, Merchants' Academy, Oasis Academy John Williams and Redland Green School.

The stall, in the Wills Memorial Building, focused on determining the density of different household liquids and included a 6-layer density tower, as well as illustrating liquid-liquid extraction. This was presented by Claire Dickson, Siying Zong, Esther Townsend, Lydia Dewis and Silvia Amabilino, and the activity was supported by the Women in Chemistry Working group, represented by Hazel Sparkes and Natalie Fey. The showstopper experiments focused on luminescence and were presented by Natalie Pridmore, Steve Street, Hope Aitchison and Hannah Steeds, while Tony Rogers helped to prepare a range of luminescent compounds. The event was aiming to promote more women in STEM subjects. The Chemistry element was organised by Dr Natalie Pridmore (XRD) and was supported by Bristol ChemLabS.

November

29 November: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

15 Year 13 students from Exeter School (Devon) and 20 Year 11 students from Blundell's School (Devon) both made their annual visit to the School of Chemistry to undertake practical work. The Exeter students synthesised the solid anaesthetic benzocaine during the morning whilst the Blundell’s School students extract caffeine from tea. All schools enjoyed talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Postgraduate chemist Sarah Michel gave a talk on smart materials for treating spina bifida and Tim Harrison presented a lecture demonstration on ’Gases in the Air’. The postgraduate chemists working with the students in the labs were Johnny Furze, Mary Okoh and Matt Mulvee.

24 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, The Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar, Somerset

Postgraduate Chemists Joanna Sparks and Maddy Nicholson delivered a session of spectroscopy to a total of 18 Year 12 and 13 students at the school. As part of the school’s Post 16 Science Week. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

22 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase Visit, Gordano School, Portishead, Bristol

The Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) kit was taken to this local school by Postgraduate Chemists Maddy Nichols and Jo Sparks during this period so that 16 Post 16 students could use the spectrometers during the visit.

For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

16 November: Fusion and Chaos Interactive Talk, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

The ‘Let’s get pyrotechnical!’ lecture demonstration given by local fireworks expert Matthew Tosh saw around 50 of the 250 people audience comprised of local school students. Bristol ChemLabS outreach assisted Fusion President Lara Lalemi in the organisation of the school-side of this event.

15 November: ECU High Schools Presentation, ECU Bunbury Campus, Bunbury, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to 100 Year 9 students and 6 teachers from Bussleton Senior High School in the Bunbury area. Bristol ChemLabS was working again with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

15 November: Synthesis CDT Chemistry Day for Invited Schools, Bristol ChemLabS

30 Year 12 students from two schools spent the day at Bristol ChemLabS in a wide range of activities including laboratory work, lectures by postgraduates and a lecture demonstration. Schools attending were Oxford Spires Academy (Esther Gonzales Rodrigues) and the Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre (Leics, Catherine Smith). Members of the CDT Synthesis assisted the school students in their practical work and gave two presentations in the afternoon. The day was rounded off by a lecture demonstration of ‘Gases in the Air’ by postdoctoral chemist Steve Street.

I just wanted to pass on my thanks to your colleagues for organising and running the day yesterday. I spoke to the students and the technician and teacher who supported them and they said it was a great day. The technician was especially glowing about how useful it had been for her to visit a university and experience university life as she comes from a ‘non-university’ family. This is probably equally true for some of the students which I guess is a key point of the day. ‘ Catherine Smith (Chemistry Teacher)

The Bristol chemistry trip was a great one for me, because it really helped me see what University-level chemistry is like. We attempted to extract pure caffeine from teabags, and had to test our product to see if it was what we wanted by checking the melting point and its infrared spectrum. It made me realise that chemists don't really know what they've made until they've run tests on it- there's a lot of room for mistakes, but they will help you get to where you need to be! We also had some lectures from chemistry students who are studying at Bristol about what they do there. It was overall a very eye opening experience for me that helped me realise just how close further education is, what it's like, and what I would like to do at university. I definitely plan on going into a chemistry-related field in university, and this trip just solidified that dream.” Student, Oxford Spires

It is of course a great opportunity to extend the practical side of the curriculum and relate the diagrams of specialist equipment and experiments to tangible experiences which are also memorable. Nothing can replace the feeling of “being a scientist” when they go to a University laboratory and see what they think of as “real scientists” in action and being part of it. The engagement an interest in the subject increases exponentially after these trips and I cannot imagine teaching at A-level without such opportunities.’ Head of Chemistry, Oxford Spires

The CDT postgraduate chemists involved in the day were: Bethan Donnell, Dan Wise, Debbie Nicol, Frank Zieleniewski, Hannah Steeds, Jamie Cadge, Jenny Samphire, Joe Barker, Lauren O’Neil and Rory Mykura.

The visit was sponsored by Bristol Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT).

15 November: ECU High Schools Presentation, ECU Bunbury Campus, Bunbury, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration ’Gases in the Air’ to 100 Year 9 students and 6 teachers from Bussleton Senior High School in the Bunbury area. Bristol ChemLabS was working again with Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

14 November: ECU High Schools Presentation, ECU Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration ’A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 300 students and teachers from schools, and other organisations in the Greater Perth area. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Dr Magda Wajrak of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event which was a part of the Old Ways, New Ways project. The secondary schools and groups attending were: Balga SHS, Thornlie SHS, Belmont SHS, Butler SHS and Youth Futures.

14 November: ECU High Schools’ Presentation, Edith Cowan University Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Tim Harrison and Dudley Shallcross performed the lecture demonstration ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’ to 200 students (Y8-11) and 14 teachers from schools in the Greater Perth area.

The school groups attending were: Balga SHS, Thornlie SHS, Belmont Community College, Butler College and students from the Youth Futures project.

Bristol ChemLabS worked with Magda Wajrak and Jason Barrow of Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia in the organisation and delivery of this event.

06 November: Halloween Chemistry Evening Lecture Demonstration, The King’s School, Gloucester

310 members of the chemistry community, including colleagues and students of local schools were warmly welcomed to an evening lecture-demonstration at The King's School, Gloucester. Tim Harrison (Bristol ChemLabS) and Saskia O’Sullivan (Deputy Head, Academic, The King’s School) uncovered 'The Chemistry of All Hallows' Eve and Bonfire Night' during the 90-minute extravaganza. During the talk there were ghoulish surprises and bangs!

Well done on yesterdays event, Audience enjoyed your informed and delightful presentation (as always)’ Science Teacher 'it was like the Royal Institution lectures' Parent

The secondary and primary schools represented by students and/or teachers were: The King's School Gloucester; St Edwards School Monmouth; Comprehensive Hopelands Prep, Malvern College; Beaufort School; Dean Close; Sir William Romneys; Ridegway School; Westonbirt; Colston Girls School; Hartpury College; Balcarras School; The Cotswold School and Ribston Hall High School.

The event was sponsored by the King’s School, Bristol ChemLabS and the RSC.

02 November: Science Club Evening Lecture, Millfield School, Street, Somerset

Duncan Wass presented the lecture "Catalysts: From Biofuels to Self-Healing Aeroplanes” to 60 Post 16 students at the host school, Street College and other surrounding schools and colleges. Bristol ChemLabS supported James Hope in the organisation of this event.

01 November: Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) Visit, Bristol Grammar School, Bristol

Postgraduate Chemists Fabian Fogarty and Rachel Booth delivered a session of spectroscopy to 20 Year 13 students at this local school. Bristol ChemLabS worked with teacher Stephanie Ricketts in the organisation of this event. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

October

18 October: Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

32 Post 16 students from Cheltenham College (Gloucs) made a return visit to the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories to extract caffeine during the morning and to enjoy talks and lecture demonstrations in the afternoon. Postgraduate Chemist Krishna Mistry gave a talk on her career and Tim Harrison gave a talk on 'Gases in the Air'. The postgraduate chemists assisting the Year 12 students in the laboratory included Steve Street and Lina Mohammed.

17 October: Careers Evening Presentation and Workshop, Chew Valley School, Bath and North East Somerset

Natalie Pridmore (X-ray lab technician) visited this local school to contribute to a careers evening for their students. She offered an activity on scents, molecular structures and x-ray crystallography, which was well-attended by around 40 KS4 and Post 16 students.

14 October: STEM Day SIAS Visit, Badminton School for Girls, Bristol

Postgraduate chemists Steve Street and Jonny Furze were involved in giving a spectroscopy workshop and talks to 16 Post 16 students during the morning. Bristol ChemLabS worked with Michael Gibbons (Head of Chemistry) in this contribution to this Saturday event. For more information on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s SIAS project please see here.

11 October: Drug Synthesis, Open Laboratories Programme, Bristol ChemLabS

King Edward School, (Bath) brought a group of 29 Year 13 students to synthesise benzocaine during the morning. 19 Post 16 students from St John’s College (Cardiff) also made a return visit to Bristol ChemLabS to spend the morning in the laboratories nitrating methylbenzoate. Both groups spent the afternoon enjoying lectures and lecture demonstrations. Steve Street led the laboratory session and gave a performance of the lecture demonstration 'Gases in the Air'. Postgraduate chemists Sarah Michel gave a talk on smart medical materials. The postgraduate chemists assisting the students in the laboratory were: Jonny Furze, Matt Mulvee, Fabian Fogarty, Mary Okoh and Lina Mohammed.

September

26 September: Science Sensations, Strode College, Street

For the second time Bristol ChemLabS was invited to be part of this Somerset College's annual "Science Sensations" day for local school students. The 75 Year 9 & 10 students from neighbouring Crispin School spent the day taking part in hands-on workshops with local companies.

Alison Rivett then delivered a Chemistry Demonstration Lecture on the theme of 'Gases In The Air' to wrap everything up with a bang! Afterwards their chemistry teacher commented "The students all thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry demonstration and it linked very well to the topics they are currently studying in class." Bristol ChemLabS participation in this event was funded by EDF Energy's Inspire Education programme.

14 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 3, Bristol ChemLabS

This was the date for the final session of the annual spectroscopy tours of Mass Spectrometry, NMR, SEM, IR and XRD. The morning session was led by Chris Holland (Bristol). 1 Year 13 student from Colston’s Girls School (Bristol) attended during the morning. The staff delivering sessions were: Chris Arthur (MS), Tom Leman (NMR), Jason Potticary (SEM), Natalie Pridmore (XRD) and Steve Street (IR). The postgraduate chemists acting as guides were: Sam Briggs, Angela Suriyakumaran and Matt Mulvee,

13 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 2, Bristol ChemLabS

This was the date for the second two sessions of the annual spectroscopy tours of Mass Spectrometry, NMR, SEM, IR and XRD. Both morning and afternoon sessions were led by Chris Holland (Bristol). 16 Year 13 students from Kingswood College (Bath) attended during the morning and 31 Year 13 students from Cheltenham College (Gloucs) attended in the afternoon.

Many thanks for welcoming our students and teachers to Bristol yesterday. The students I spoke to were absolutely buzzing about what they saw and the talks they had. …. Thank you for spending the time with our students. It is events like these and the links that should exist between schools and HE that really drive true inspiration and enable curiosity to flourish. One of the challenges we have at College is encouraging more students to take Chemistry at University and I hope the breadth and depth of techniques they saw yesterday will do exactly that’ Visiting Teacher.

The staff delivering sessions were: Chris Arthur (MS), Tom Leman (NMR), Jason Potticary (SEM), Natalie Pridmore (XRD) and Steve Street (IR). The postgraduate chemists acting as guides were: Angela Suriyakumaran, Sian Fussell, Matthew Mulvee and Sam Briggs,

12 September: Spectroscopy Tours Day 1, Bristol ChemLabS

This was the date for the first two sessions of the annual spectroscopy tours of Mass Spectrometry, NMR, SEM, IR and XRD. Both morning and afternoon sessions were led by Chris Holland (Bristol). 74 Year 13 students from St Brendan’s Sixth Form College (Bristol) attended during the day. The staff delivering sessions were: Paul Gates and Chris Arthur (MS), Tom Leman (NMR), Jason Potticary (SEM), Natalie Pridmore (XRD) and Steve Street (IR). The postgraduate chemists acting as guides were: Fabian Fogarty, Richard Booth, Angela Suriyakumaran, Matthew Mulvee and Joanna Sparks.

 


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