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06/27/16

Exiting day of practical work in a laboratory for the advanced course of chemistry of Duisburg grammar school

Exiting day of practical work in a laboratory for the advanced course of chemistry of Duisburg grammar school

The advanced course of chemistry of the Mannesmann grammar school in Duisburg spent a busy and exciting day of practise at the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. 12 pupils visited the institute and were attended one day by doctoral candidates of the department of metal-organic chemistry. Their duty was to carry out the experimental procedure of a ring-closing metathesis of alkene.

Prof. Alois Fürstner gave an introduction and spoke about the landmarks of the chemistry which were developed in the institute. He also stressed that the institute places big value on cooperations with schools and receives young people with an enthusiasm for chemistry with pleasure for a practise visit. The description of the experiment followed by doctoral candidate Daniel J. Tindall. He introduced the boys and girls to the reaction they would carry out in the course of the day using a ruthenium catalyst. Five other doctoral candidates of the Fürstner group took the young chemists to the labs to do the metathesis in small groups.

After a lunchbreak the group visited the institute and completed the work in the laboratory doing analytic investigations. On this occasion the pupils got to know methods like gas chromatography and NMR spectroscopy. „This day at the institute was very demanding for our pupils but the practical work and the contact to the institutes’ members is very valuable for them – especially for their job orientation“, Philipp Kastrup, MINT-co-ordinator of the Mannesmann grammar school pointed out. With pleasure Kastrup would like to come for another practise day in the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung with future advanced courses of chemistry.