Be a Chemistry student for the day: Aspirin Synthesis

Date: 31-Jan-2020

Location: University of Sheffield campus

Time(s): 9.45am - 4pm

Target year group: Y12 and Y13

Information and benefits of attending this event: This taster day at the University of Sheffield gives A Level chemists the chance to experience what it’s like to study chemistry at university.

In the morning you'll be working in the chemistry lab, undertaking practical work to synthesise aspirin. You’ll be working with one of our staff members and some of our current students, using equipment and facilities not usually available in schools and colleges. You'll prepare your own aspirin sample using a number of key chemistry techniques including reflux synthesis using quick fit apparatus, separation by vacuum filtration and recrystallisation to purify your product.

After lunch you will work with some of our dedicated analytical services staff members to characterise your aspirin samples using infrared (IR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Following this there will be a chance for you to find out more about being a science student at the University of Sheffield in a Q&A session with some of our current undergraduate students. A member of our Department of Chemistry admissions team will also be on hand to answer any queries you might have about studying chemistry at university.

How to book a place: Complete the form on the event webpage to apply for a place. We would encourage you to mention RO in your statement at the end of the application form. 

Any steps required to confirm your attendance with the university running the event: If you would like your attendance recognised on your RO record, please email


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