Masterclasses

A state-of-the-art experience.

Our range of masterclasses offers students in Years 12 and 13 the chance to experience first-hand what learning in our multi-million-pound facilities is really like.

As well as working on some exciting and engaging areas of chemistry, your group can meet some of our students, learn from our academics and get their first taste of life on campus at Lancaster University.

Note – for full-day classes, students should bring their own lunch or buy lunch on campus.

Nanoparticles

If you want to get your students excited about chemistry, start small! This masterclass offers a look into materials science, with an introduction to nanoparticles. Throughout the session, we’ll guide your students through the process of synthesizing gold nanoparticles and working with ferro-fluids. With the chance to experience and investigate these particles’ unique physical properties, it’s a session that’s bound to capture your students’ imagination.

Key details

Dates Monday 11 June
Wednesday 13 June
Friday 15 June
Start 10.00am
End Around 2.30pm (with a break for lunch)
Capacity Up to 32 students.
You can book large or small groups - we will offer any spare spaces to other schools.

Fingerprints

With an introduction to the physical and chemical nature of forensic science, this is a masterclass that truly leaves a lasting impression. Your students will discover how to visualise latent fingerprints – understanding the residues our fingers leave behind, and how commercial powders can make them visible. The session delves into the polymerisation reaction of the fingerprint residue, looking at the initiation, propagation and termination steps.

Key details

Dates Tuesday 19 June
Thursday 21 June
Start 10am or 2pm
End Approx 2 hours long
Capacity Up to 32 students
You can book large or small groups - we will offer any spare spaces to other schools.

Aspirin

By taking a closer look at something so ordinary as aspirin, we can show your students just how fundamental chemistry is to the everyday world around us – discovering where physical chemistry meets analytical and organic chemistry.

The session introduces students to a variety of different techniques and tasks. First, we use a pH meter to follow the titration of a weak acid with a strong base, graphically determining the pKa. They then study the titration of an Alka-Seltzer solution with HCl, before isolating and analysing the resulting Aspirin precipitate.

Through using the spectroscopic and physical methods, your students will have packed in TLC, melting point, IR, HPLC & NMR analyses – a busy day full of chemistry.

Key details

Dates Monday 25 June
Tuesday 26 June
Start 10am
End Around 2.30pm with a break for lunch
Capacity Up to 32 students
You can book large or small groups - we will offer any spare spaces to other schools.

Contact

If you would like more information or would like to arrange an event for your school, please contact:

Gail Sheldrick

Recruitment, Conversion and Marketing Coordinator

+44 (0)1524 594931