Spectroscopy Visits

Held year-round on demand (usually Wednesday afternoons, 1.45 - 4.30pm, in university term time)

Why not consider combining a half-day Laboratory Session with a half-day Spectroscopy Visit to make a full day event?

A postgraduate student using an FT-IR spectrometer

Schools and colleges frequently bring their year 12 or 13 classes for our Spectroscopy Workshops, designed to tie-in with current A-level specifications.

Dr Baisch putting a sample into the X-ray spectrometer

The day begins with an introductory presentation in lecture theatre 3 (LT3) to the general phenomena of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry by a member of academic staff.

This is followed by a tour of our facilities and a chance to meet our experts; David Dunbar who runs the Mass Spectrometry service; Dr. Corinne Wills in the NMR centre, Dr. Zuleykha McMillan for infra-red spectroscopy and Dr. Mike Probert in the X-ray Crystallography suite.

our Mass Spectrometer

After the tour of the building, we return to LT3 for a 30 minute problem solving class where the students can use their analytical skills to assign spectra and identify unknown compounds.

Dr Wills running a spectrum on the 500MHz nmr spectrometer

Approximate timings for a visit:


1.45 - 2.45;  Spectroscopy lecture in LT3

2.45 - 4.00;  Tour of the Spectroscopic facilities

4.00 - 4.30;  Problem-solving workshop in LT3

These visits are very popular so please book in advance here.


Dr Peter Hoare
Chemistry Outreach Officer
Tel: 0191 208 8542