Tom Palmer explains the history of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide

The most common use for LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) in today’s society is for recreational exploitation, a habit that started in the 1960s after being used for psychological means as early as the 1940s. It was during this period of abuse that its use spread to the United Kingdom, where to this day its consumption […]

James Everitt blogs about The Chemistry of a Hangover

The Chemistry of a hangover   What is a hangover? It is the illness or sickness related to the consumption of excess alcohol characterised by aching everywhere, general illness and of course the famous headache. Most of these symptoms are the result of the impaired kidney function that the consumption of alcohol leads to. Our […]

When was the periodic table created and by whom? blogs Joseph Johnson Copas

The original periodic table was created by Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869. Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist and inventor.  At the time there were only 58 known elements, in comparison to today’s 118, so his exact periodic table varies from the modern day one but Mendeleev adjusted and left gaps for unknown elements. He looked […]

SES A level Chemists blog about competing at the University of Nottingham

Chemistry Analyst Competition – Tuesday 15th January University of Nottingham   On 15th January 2019, six Chemistry students from SES travelled to the University of Nottingham to take part in the regional round of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools Analyst Competition. This is an annual event where teams of three Year 12 students are […]

A level Chemistry Spectroscopy workshop Blog by Jacob

A level Chemistry Spectroscopy workshop On the Monday before half term, both Stamford School Year 13 A Level Chemistry sets visited the University of Nottingham for an afternoon of analytical chemistry. In our A Level course we learn about three analytical techniques: Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), Mass Spectrometry (MS) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR). In […]

Jonty, Melissa and Jacob blog about competing at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Royal Society of Chemistry – Schools Analyst Chemistry Competition – 20/21 June, 2018. On a warm summer’s morning, perfect conditions for a 4-hour drive (in sports mode in the school car), we departed from Brazenose carpark equipped with the finest school lunches money (£3) could buy.  Our western adventure started well leaping through the county […]

SES Chemists blog victory as they make the National Finals!

Schools Analyst competition blog On 16 January our team of Jonty Mason, Jacob Worthington, and Melissa van der Maat went on the long journey up to the University of Nottingham to compete in the East Midlands round of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Schools Analyst Competition.  After a rigorous selection process (test) we buckled up […]

Nanotechnology, amino acids…and a genie emerging from a tea pot. Rohan Anand and Will Smith (Year 13) blog on Chemistry in Action at Warwick University

On Wednesday 8th November, 86 students from across the SES Chemistry Departments ventured out to the University of Warwick to attend the Chemistry in Action day. The day was packed full of inspiring talks from speakers from universities across the country. The day started with a Nanotechnology talk by Jamie Gallagher from the University of […]