Three Year 12 students again represented Broughton Hall in the Regional Heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Young Analyst Competition on Saturday 3rd March. This was hosted by the University of Liverpool and involved over 20 schools attending from all over the region.


The theme of the day was the analysis of metal ions in foodstuffs. Students analysed two different samples of milk to determine their calcium ion concentrations. They also used spectrophotometry to analyse the concentration of iron ions in Irn Bru. They did find iron present in the Irn Bru!

Some familiar A level practical techniques and skills like titration were tested during the practical work but they also had the opportunity to learn some new 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.