Chemistry at Work

Years 11, 12 and 13 took part in an event run by the Royal Society of Chemistry, demonstrating the impact that chemistry has on everyday lives and the variety of applications it has.

The event was held at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. Pupils took part in a series of workshops: Crystallography – where they made models of molecules and crystal structures and learned how x-ray crystallography works;  Cryogenics – where ice cream was made with liquid nitrogen; Nanoscience – where they made gold nanoparticles; Catalysis – where they produced masses of spurting foam via the catalysis of peroxide decomposition.

The day ended with a very exciting chemistry show and pupils came away enthused about the power of science.