On the 20th of April, 18 teams of AS Level Chemistry students from schools across the region gathered at UEA for the regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry Schools’ Analyst Competition.
This year’s analytical challenges were based on problems relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.
Hellesdon High School’s team was made up of students (pictured above, from left to right) Natty Coe, Sam Brown & Harry Francis. The team carried out a complex acid-base titration and used the unfamiliar techniques of UV-Visible spectrometry and HPLC chromatography to determine concentrations of substances in complex mixtures.
Our students performed exceptionally well and achieved second place. They also got the opportunity to visit the research laboratory of Dr Alex Baker in the School of Environmental Sciences, where they were given an insight into how analytical chemistry is used to study deposition of nutrients to the oceans.
Mr Earl, Head of School, says “What a performance! We are very proud of the boys and their achievement in what is always a highly competitive environment, designed to test the team’s ability to analyse and problem solve under pressure. Well done indeed.”