Welcome to Chemistry

Welcome to the Chemistry Department at Foyle College

Chemistry encourages pupils to develop their curiosity about the material and physical worlds, providing insights into and experience of how science works.  We hope to enable pupils to engage with Chemistry in their everyday lives, leading them to make choices about further study and careers.

Purifying ethyl ethanoate

Year 14 preparing and purifying ethyl ethanoate using quickfit apparatus purchased using funding from the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) Interest Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

 

Chemistry at work

The aim of this event was to introduce 14 – 16 year old students to local industry and demonstrate how the chemistry they are currently being taught at school is applied by a variety of people in their everyday work.  The event was organised by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, at the Ulster University, and sponsored by the RSC and the Wolfson Foundation.

 

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Year 13 and 14 pupils taking part in Spectroscopy in a Suitcase, delivered by the RSC and Queens University Belfast PHd students.

     

Melting point apparatus PTFA

Year 14 pupils using the melting point apparatus bought with PTFA funding.  This allows the pupils to either identify or assess the purity of a compound.

Magnetic Stirrer Chemistry

Year 11 Chemistry students using the magnetic stirrer purchased using funding from the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS) Interest Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
 
The BMCS is a group that convenes national and international conferences in the broad area of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical science.  The members of the group are very aware that the wellbeing of their industry has depended for many years on the supply of talented young chemists in the UK.  Their journey towards a career in this sector of chemistry starts during their primary and secondary education so it is most appropriate that the BMCS supports this phase of education where it can.
 
Our thanks go to BMCS for their contribution which will allow us to enrich the experience of our students in the immediate future and in years to come.