Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

Boys Place Second in RSC’s Analyst Competition

A team of three boys from Year 12 has placed second in the North-West Regional heat of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools' Analyst Competition.  

School Captain Chris Pantelides, Vice Captain Peter Roberts and Chris Boulos performed admirably under pressure in the laboratories at UCLan at an event which attracts the brightest Chemists from across the region.

Ten teams were required to undertake various practical analytical determinations based on problems relevant to industrial or social needs. These were judged for skill, understanding and accuracy and were intended to promote team work and safety in the laboratory. Each competition aims to provide some tasks which are relatively familiar to the students such as titrations and others which are likely to be unfamiliar, such as chromatographic separations or atomic and molecular spectroscopy. In this way, it is hoped that the competitors will learn new skills, as well as demonstrate their existing knowledge, skills and aptitude for analytical science.

This national competition, which is run by the RSC's Analytical Division, is for first year sixth form students studying AS level Chemistry or its equivalent.  The Analytical Division’s Regions hold heats, in early spring each year, to select a team or teams, to go through to the National Final. 

The teams at work in UCLan's laboratories

The teams at work in UCLan's laboratories

Peter Roberts in deep discussion with his colleagues, Chris Boulos and Chris Pantelides

Chris Boulos hard at work