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Professor Tracy McGhie delivers ‘Spectroscopy in a suitcase’ workshop

Professor Tracy McGhie delivers ‘Spectroscopy in a suitcase’ workshop

Last week A2 and Foundation chemistry students took part in this workshop for schools, delivered by Professor Tracy McGhie, supported by Francesca Bevan, PhD student, both from the University of Leicester.

The ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ workshop splits into three parts:

Part one of the popular three-part murder mystery activity: a body (Mr Blue) has been found in a lab, and the students must identify the unknown chemicals found in the vicinity of his body, including a mystery medicine found in his pocket.

In part two students use the Beer-Lambert Law and a UV/visible spectrometer to work out the concentration of the mystery medicine in the victim’s blood plasma.

Finally they read and analyse witness statements and mass spectrometry data to arrive at a conclusion about what caused our victim’s death, and who the most likely perpetrator would be.

Taking a real-life scenario and being able to discuss this with the team from the university proved an invaluable experience for our students. They were all absorbed from start to finish and we extend our thanks to Professor Tracy McGhie and her assistant Francesca Bevan (PhD student) who imparted so much experience and knowledge to our Chemists.

For more information please read the Spectroscopy in your classroom article written by Professor Tracy McGhie explaining the workshop.

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