Three Year 12 AS Chemistry students again represented Broughton Hall in the Regional Heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry's Young Analyst Competition. This was hosted by the University of Liverpool and involved over 25 schools attending from all over the region.


The theme of the day was the analysis of chemicals used in foodstuffs. Students analysed solutions of carboxylic acids which can be used as food additives. They also were challenged to identify artificial sweeteners using infrared spectroscopy and use spectrophotometry to measure the levels of phosphoric acid in cola samples. Some familiar A level practical techniques and skills were tested during the practical work but they also had the opportunity to learn some new, more advanced laboratory skills and to use some state of the art equipment.

The team performed very well and enjoyed the experience of working in university laboratories. It was a thoroughly interesting and worthwhile day.