Last Friday some scientists from the Dept of Chemistry in Trinity College came Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin to give a workshop to Mr O'Rourke's 5th year chemistry class. The workshop was based on Infra red and Ultra violet spectroscopy. This type of chemistry is used often in forensic science to determine unknown chemicals found at a crime scene and also the concentration of that chemical. Other applications include hospital labs testing bloods for poisons and diseases or in industry when making pharmaceuticals.
The 2 hour workshop called "Spectroscopy in a Suitcase" involved using 2 machines worth €60,000 to identify a compound at a crime scene and evaluate its concentration in the person's blood.
It's a nice way of conveying a topic currently on the leaving cert chemistry syllabus. We would like to thank Dr. John O'Donoghue from TCD for coming again and helping us out and the Royal Society of Chemistry, of which we are a member school, for funding this great project.