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Professor Joseph N. Grima
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Credit Value: 4 ECTS


    A course of 20 three-hour practical sessions intended to supplement the theoretical material introduced in the first year of the degree programme. This study unit is equivalent to four ECTS credits.
The laboratory schedules can be downloaded from here*: 
  1. Melting point determination (safety issues
  2. Recrystallisation as a technique for purification  (link to H&S form)
  3. Bromination of acetanilide - An example of an electrophilic aromatic substitution
  4. Separation by extraction  
  5. Separation of a mixture by the formation of a derivative of one component - Picrate formation  
  6. Fractional distillation  
  7. Determination of the Composition of a Borax / Boric acid aqueous solution.
  8. Permanganate Methods 
  9. Steam Distillation: The Oxidation of Cyclohexanol to Cyclohexanone (Part 1)
  10. Steam Distillation: The Oxidation of Cyclohexanol to Cyclohexanone (Part 2)
  11. Determination of Water Hardness (Note)
  12. Determination of the Calcium Content in Limestone 
  13. Argentimetric Titrations 
  14. An Investigation of the Reaction between Copper(II) Sulphate and Sodium Hydroxide (Note)
  15. The Partition Coefficient of Iodine between Iso-Octane and Water 
  16. An Investigation of the Reaction between Iron(II) Ions and Nitrate(V) Ions in Acid Solution 
  17. Preparation of 1-Bromobutane
  18. Preparation of Butyl Acetate 
  19. Isolation of Lycopene (a coloured aliphatic hydrocarbon) from Tomato Paste
  20. Thin Layer Chromatography of 2,4-Dinitrophenylhyrazones

    (*) All links relate to the appropriate schedule in  .pdf format. In order to read these shedules you must first have a copy of Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. 

Method of assessment: 

Regular laboratory reports which include Risk Assessments
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Last Updated: 03rd October, 2007

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