Chemistry and Forensic Science workshops

Chemistry and Forensic Science workshops are available for students ranging from year 9 to sixth form. Sessions can be booked individually or as part of a whole day experience. We can tailor sessions specifically to meet the needs of your class, below is an idea of the sort of thing we can do but please feel free to contact us and we can discuss any ideas further.

This workshop introduces students to the principles of chromatography, specifically thin layer chromatography and HPLC or GC.

This allows them hands on practical experience in preparing samples for analysis and running samples on analytical instrumentation, as well as quantification work.

Thin Layer Chromatography

A short presentation introducing the topic will be followed by a practical session focusing on the visualization and examination of security features in documents.

Using professional document examination equipment, students can also examine properties of inks using forensic examples such as forged cheques or threatening notes, etc. as well as ESDA techniques.

document examination

Learn the history and fundamental principles behind fingerprinting techniques. After a short presentation, students will have the chance to take their own fingerprints and identify and categorise those prints.

They will also have the opportunity to try enhancing latent fingerprints using powdering techniques.


This exciting workshop offer students the chance to experiment with colourful and explosive chemical reactions in a fun and controlled environment.

The science of exothermic reactions is introduced in a practical based session.


Students will enjoy a practical session which introduces the principles of microscopy.

A series of forensic examples are examined, (fibres, hairs, print features, etc.) and the students will compare these examples, identify matches and also learn how to measure the size of observed features.

Stereo Microscope

Have you ever wondered what ecstasy actually is or the structure of the active substance in cannabis?

In this fun, hands on session students can choose their own molecule of crime to make and they’ll even get a picture taken with the molecule to take away as a souvenir!

atomic models

Students can take advantage of the excellent analytical equipment available in the Keele Laboratories.

Popular sessions include the analysis of aspirin using infra-red spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, (students can bring their own synthesized aspirin to analyse, particularly suitable for AS or A level students).


Make-it-molecular is all about providing hands-on experiences with molecules.

We aim to show the beauty of the molecules that make up our world and provide fun and interactive ways to stimulate an increased awareness of molecules and the roles they play in our lives.

Make-it-molecular is an outreach activity in which people come along, choose a molecule to make, build a model of it and as a reward have their picture taken with it. The hands-on nature of make-it-molecular gives the opportunity for the participant to interact and engage with the molecules, and to have a focus for asking questions and learning about atoms and molecules.

We welcome anyone to get involved running make-it-molecular style events. Our molecule kits are sourced from Molymod® and the kit composition is designed to make about 100 assorted molecules. You can also download our guide to running make-it-molecular events.

We have a general collection of molecule instruction cards as well as a number of themed sets:

Additional individual instruction cards:

  • Tamiflu and Relenza, the two antiviral drugs prescribed to treat swine flu.
  • Diamond: a mini version of our CARBON RAPTURE structure

MIM Glucose

For more information contact Victoria Cartwright or Chloe Howe

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Tel: +44 (0)1782 733584