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Extracting caffeine from tea bags!

This term, a group of Year 10s were lucky enough to visit the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. This is one of the largest Chemistry departments in the UK in one of the top 40 Universities out of the 40,000 across the world.

The students showed immense resilience whilst carrying out quite complex laboratory techniques such as buchner filtration, solvent extraction, rotary evaporation and Infra red Spectroscopy. The techniques they used to extract Caffeine from tea bags is very similar to the techniques used by chemists to extract active ingredients from plants for use in drug synthesis.

 They had the unique opportunity to experience science at degree level and explore future careers in science, and thoroughly enjoyed the day!


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