Pupils explore their passion for perfume chemistry
Press release issued: 27 July 2010
A group of budding chemists will be making their own perfume at a special 'Fragrance Chemistry Workshop' hosted by the University's School of Chemistry today [Tuesday 27 July].
Around 30 pupils aged 10- to -13, who are all children or friends of University of Bristol employees, will spend the morning exploring perfume chemistry before making and bottling their own fragrances.
The event, led by the School's Bristol ChemLabS team, will begin with an interactive lecture demonstration. The session will include a discussion of the sense of smell, fragrance smelling, the correlation with taste and how to choose fragrances and store them correctly.
Following the demonstration pupils will move to the School's teaching laboratories to investigate the molecular structure of perfume components. The pupils will work with postgraduate chemists to build molecule models of fragrance chemicals and to have their photos taken with the molecules they have made.
At the end of the day the pupils will have the chance to produce and package a bottle of their own choice of fragrance to take home.
Tim Harrison, Director of Outreach at the University's Bristol ChemLabS, said: "Last year when we started hosting workshop days for employees' children we were asked to run sessions for younger students. This is the result. We are delighted to be able to offer similar activities and will expect to do so again next year."
More information about the 'Fragrance Chemistry Workshop' is available on the Bristol ChemLabS website.