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Current Chemistry Investigators (CCI)

Friday 11th November - Workshop 1: 9.45-11.45am; Workshop 2: 12.00-2.00pm

October 11, 2022 2:12 pm Published by Leave your thoughts



  • In person workshops – ATU Sligo, Room B2061
  • Workshop 1 – 9.45 – 11.45 am
  • Workshop 2 – 12.00 – 2.00 pm
  • TY Students only event

Current Chemistry Investigators (CCI) is an informal education project about the science of energy storage and chemical analysis. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the discovery of the Lithium-Ion battery, a technology that has revolutionized modern society! These batteries are now in our phones, cars, laptops and houses. However, modern batteries need chemical elements from all over the world to store energy. We are also in the middle of an energy crisis and we need to find more efficient ways to store and transport energy to make better use of renewable energy.

We have designed our CCI workshop around “Electro-Analytical Chemistry” where the topic or electrochemistry is subtly introduced through familiar chemical analysis techniques. TY/LC students will need to figure out what happened to a fictional battery powered car that went on fire by analyzing the electrolyte with a conductivity meter. It contains plenty of lab skills like making standards, using pipettes, drawing a calibration graph, figuring out an unknown as well as theory like qualitative and quantitative analysis, ions in solution, electrolytes, ion-exchange etc. We will bring everything with us, including 10 conductivity meters so students can work in small groups.

This workshop is a great opportunity for students to use professional lab equipment and learn about the chemistry of batteries as well as chemical analysis.

Limited places available: For details and bookings, Contact Dr. Fiona  McArdle ([email protected])

Workshop sessions also on Friday 18th November

These workshops are an SFI funded project delivered by ATU in collaboration with TCD.

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This post was written by John Goodall

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