Outreach Experiments

Below are the experiments that we currently perform in our laboratories. We are always developing new experiments for the outreach program, and we are willing to work with teachers to develop curriculum-directed experiments.

We require that school groups have permission slips signed by the student's guardians. These permission slips detail the experiment that the student will be performing, and also grant us permission use photographs from the events for promotional uses. Please contact us for a copy of the permission slip for the experiment you would like to perform.

Toxic Spill Investigation

Two experiments that attempt to identify the cause of an increase in fish deaths in the Saint John River.

The Synthesis of Aso Dyes

Experiments related to the synthesis of highly colored organic molecules.

Frangrant Esters

Versatile synthesis of a variety of related molecules with different scents, ranging from fruit to perfume.

Synthesis of Indigo

A look into the history and synthetic preparation of the dye used in coloring blue jeans, indigo.

Metallic Pigments

Not all useful dyes are organic compounds. This experiment looks at some inorganic pigments based on cobalt.

The Copper Cycle

The Copper Cycle experiment involves a series of reactions that begin and end with copper. The experimental results are based on qualitative observations, involves techniques such as centrification, and covers chemical concepts like simple substitution reactions,formation of solids and gases, and reduction and oxidation reactions. The Copper Cycle can be performed by any high school student.

The Polyprotic Titration

The Polyprotic Titration involves the titration of a sample of dilute phosphoric acid, which is a triprotic acid. The titration uses our commercial software to quantitatively collect and analyze the pH versus titre volume data, involves techniques such as using a burette to perform the titration, and covers chemical concepts like determination of concentration and acid disassociation constant.

Outreach Demonstrations

Several members of our department have gone into the community to perform chemistry demonstrations at schools and other organizations. Please contact the Outreach Committee or James Tait to arange a demonstration.