CHEMISTS at South Cheshire College magnified their understanding of molecular structure, using top equipment from the world of Formula 1.

Glyndwr University came to the college to provide a workshop for Science students using an infrared spectrometer to identify different compounds.

The non-invasive machine is able to identify the authenticity of materials, as used in checking oil in the engines of Formula 1 racing cars in order to prolong the engine life.

TecnhiQuest Glyndwr, who delivered the workshop in the college’s science labs, aim to promote the significance of science and technology in society.

Science students were able to use the machinery to investigate the individual particles of samples from a series of common solids and liquids.

A Level student, Thomas Hancock, has applied to study Chemistry at university.

He said: “This session has been really interesting and was incredibly realistic as it directly linked to industry and how the equipment works in the real world.

“I like that way of learning as it’s more hands-on where I have a greater chance of understanding and remembering. As part of the university course that I’ve applied for, it involves a year in industry and so this kind of link to industry really inspires me.”

Neil Hewitt, course team leader for chemistry at South Cheshire College, said: “This session was so engaging for our students, as it related equipment to the real-world, giving them an insight into career opportunities within the subject.”

Jess Horner, from TechniQuest Glyndwr, said: “The South Cheshire College students found this workshop really enjoyable, as do many students who have this hands-on experience."