Analytical Chemistry

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On Friday 19 February, all Year 12 Chemistry students participated in the VCE Chemistry Analytical Instrument Workshop at the School of Chemistry at The University of Melbourne. In a three hour laboratory program, students performed analytical exercises in HPLC to determine the caffeine content of a soft drink, Gas Chromatography to determine the ethanol content of wine, UV/Vis Spectrophotometry to determine the iron content of a dietary supplement or Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy to determine the calcium content of seawater from Williamstown Beach.

The workshop assisted students’ understanding of instrumental analysis by allowing them to prepare the samples and use the spectroscopic and chromatographic equipment to analyse these samples.


Ms Vanessa Jackson-McRae

Head of Science

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