Perse students display scientific skills at prestigious chemistry competition
10 May 2019
A team of three Lower Sixth students travelled to the University of Hertfordshire to compete in the annual Royal Society of Chemistry School’s Analyst competition.
Tatiana Vandermark, Alex Albright and Hari Prasad completed three analytical tasks and were scored on their accuracy, technique, teamwork and safety. The team did very well and although they missed out on a place in the final, they gained valuable experience of university level practical chemistry.
Hari Prasad explained: “From the moment we entered the labs at the University of Hertfordshire, we were amazed because of all the equipment present that none of us had seen before. The competition itself was fun, though quite long, and consisted of three practicals involving UV spectroscopy, HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) and titrimetric analysis.
“Working as a team of three enabled us to complete them fairly efficiently, and we found the theory more straightforward, where we interpreted our results to determine the mass of aspirin and vitamin C in over-the-counter tablets. We would recommend this competition to younger members of the school if they wish to gain an insight into chemistry at a higher level.”