INS Faculty attends Chemistry Workshops

By Jennylin B. Carreon

Jennylin B. Carreon, a faculty member of the Institute of Natural Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences attended a two-day Microscale Chemistry Workshop on May 26-27, 2010 held at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila.

Microscale Chemistry is a chemistry carried out on a reduced scale using small quantities of chemicals and often (but not always) simple equipments. This will mean lower laboratory expenses, reduced safety hazards, easier waste disposal, and minimized, if not negligible, contribution to pollution, shorter time to complete experiments and less breakage of glass wares.

The workshop aimed to familiarize the participant teachers with the microscale approach in the teaching of chemistry laboratory courses; to provide the participant teachers hands-on experience in the use of microscale chemistry laboratory experiments that they can incorporate in the laboratory courses that they are teaching; and to present a platform for the sharing of experiences in the teaching of the chemistry laboratory courses in various programs.

The activities during the workshop included chemical principles (stoichiometry, micro-titration, chemical equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reaction, chemical kinetics, electrochemical cells and electrolysis) and gas chemistry (oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, ammonia, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide). The workshop’s resource speaker was Prof. Fortunato B. Sevilla, III, Ph. D., former dean of the College of Science and former director of the Office of Research and Development of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila.

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