Shrewsbury School

Chemistry: Runners-Up in the RSC Schools' Analyst Competition

Saturday 28 April 2012

Shrewsbury finished a strong 2nd in the Midlands heat of the RSC Schools’ Analyst Competition held at Keele University on Friday 27 April.

The team of three L6 chemists, Harry Cox (Rb) and Ed Mallett (S) and Alex Norman (R), missed out qualifying for the National Final (to be held at Bristol University) of this competition by a whisker.  Well Done!!

The competition involved pupils conducting team based research using sophisticated analytical techniques used by university research scientists. This year saw students analysing a ‘contaminated’ pharmaceutical tablet.  Pupils measured:
• the amount of caffeine in the tablet by HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography),
• the quantity of aspirin in the tablet by a pH titration, and
• the quantity of the dye, sunset yellow, in the tablet by UV-vis spectrophotometry.

Andrew Briggs

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