The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme came to John Scottus chemistry students. 5th and 6th year chemists got the chance to learn about spectroscopy through a hands-on experience. They were challenged to solve a crime forensically using infrared and ultra-violet spectroscopic instruments. The medicine found at the scene of the crime was under investigation by the students.
The workshop was hosted by a Trinity College chemistry postgraduate student, Sarah Cronin who is also a past pupil of John Scottus. As well as learning about spectroscopy the students learned about life at university, studying chemistry and chemistry career opportunities.
The students got to the opportunity to develop an appreciation of how Chemistry can be utilised in a real-life context. Overall it was an enjoyable Monday morning for the 5th and 6th year chemists.