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Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

The RSC's Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) scheme is a schools outreach activity which is FREE!

The scheme gives school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy (infra-red and uv-visible) through hands-on experience. As well as covering the principles of spectroscopic techniques, the activities use real-life contexts to demonstrate the applications of the techniques.

The UV-vis and IR spectrometers

The equipment can be loaned to a school - which gives students the chance to use it for higher and advanced higher projects as well as the opportunity to analyse compounds they have synthesised. We also offer workshops were postgraduate chemists visit a school to give an introduction to spectroscopy and an opportunity for students to have a go, although this is dependent on the students??? availability.

Meet the SIAS Co-ordinators

Nathan Goodfriend and Hannah Levene

Hannah Levene and Brian Shaw co-ordinate the SIAS scheme at Edinburgh University, alongside their PhD research.

Hannah's PhD is focused on the development of micro and nanoelectrodes suitable for sensing applications in extreme environments. Particular emphasis is on developing sensors which function in high temperature molten salts and concentrated aqueous acids, both of which are highly relevant to the development of reprocessing nuclear waste for clean nuclear energy.

Brian is studying the fundamental chemistry of uranium; how it reacts with other things and its redox chemistry, for example. Potential applications include assisting with the clean-up of nuclear waste.

More Information

  • Please check the calendar below to see when the equipment is already booked
  • For other general enquiries contact the SIAS team
  • The RSC provides a range of resources for spectroscopy - try exploring Spectra School