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Open University Summer School

29 July 2014

During July the undergraduate teaching laboratories in the School of Chemistry, hosted seventy-three Open University students, as they completed a three day residential course.

a student's notesDuring July the undergraduate teaching laboratories hosted seventy-three Open University students, as they completed a three day residential course. Some of the students arrived with laboratory experience, whilst others had never stepped foot in a lab before. Participants had travelled from all over the world to take part in the school, from the UK, Europe and even Malaysia.

The students, in their second year of study, under took four half-day experiments, investigating the redox chemistry of tin, using UV-Vis spectroscopy to calculate the number of ligands on copper complexes, synthesising amides and honing their titration skills.

Numerous practical skills, from reflux to recrystallization, were gained and multiple analytical techniques were used, during these first two days. All of which the students put to use in a grand finale, making and using a Grignard reagent for an organic synthesis, on the last day of the school.

Feedback from the attending students was very positive;

"I would like to thank you very much for the last week OU residential experience. I will surely give the OU great feedback about the labs, the staff (they were all great….) and the whole time in your department."

Fabio Rebecchi (Open University Student)

Everyone in the undergraduate teaching laboratories enjoyed the experience too and all staff are looking forward to welcoming the next group during Easter 2015.