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DIT hosts national competition for top chemistry students

Posted: 7 April, 2017

Fifty chemistry students from third-level institutions across Ireland competed in the 18th National Eurachem Analytical Measurement Competition (EAMC) hosted in the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute, DIT Grangegoman on Friday 7 April.

Eurachem Winners - 2

The two teams representing DIT in the final of the EAMC Competition 2017: (From L-R) Ryan Geoghegan, Emma Markey, Dr Vanessa Murphy (EAMC mentor), Patrick Koska, Noel Salim.

The team from Sligo Institute of Technology, Samera McGrath and Kris O'Dowd, were the overall winners. The runners up spot went to: Lisa Kelly and Vlasta Chyzna from Athlone Institute of Technology, and Lucy Prendeville and Seán Kavanagh from Trinity College Dublin. 
Eurachem Winners - 1

The EAMC Competition is open to teams of two full-time third-level students studying in their second year of laboratory sciences in Universities or Institutes of Technology anywhere in Ireland. The students, nominated by their institution, are some of the top chemistry students in the country.

Two teams competed from DIT, comprised of students Emma Markey and Ryan Geoghegan, and Noel Salim and Patrick Koska.

Each team carried out experiments in the laboratory, including a back titration and a spectrophotometric determination using supplied Standard Operating Procedures. Competitors were expected to report and quantify all possible sources of error.

A panel of three esteeemed judges observed the students: Dr Darragh Cunningham, Scientific Officer from the Environmental Protection Agency, Dr Tom Hannigan, Director of Chemical Sciences at the Forensic Science Laboratory, Dr Ray Leonard Henkel Ireland Ltd ex-Directorate Analytical Services.

‘The competition is designed to promote critical, analytical and observational skills, and raises awareness among chemistry students about the importance of reporting accurate and precise measurements.’ Dr Patrice Behan, Lecturer, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT.

Eurachem Final - 2

Guest Speaker, Vicki Barwick from the Laboratory of Government Chemist in the UK and Chair of the European Education and Training Working Group for analytical chemistry, gave a talk on the importance of valid measurements.

Eurachem is an association of Professional European Analysts with close links to bodies charged with promoting excellence and reliability in analytical measurement worldwide.

Many thanks to the sponsors of this year’s competition: Agilent Technologies, Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund,  BioPharmaChem Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eurachem Ireland, Henkel Ireland Ltd, The Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and The Royal Society of Chemistry- Ireland Local Section Committee. 

Editor’s Notes:

  • The competition is hosted by the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at DIT.
  • The 23 participating teams were from Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), IT-Sligo, Institute of Technology Tallaght (IT-Tallaght), Institute of Technology Tralee (IT-Tralee), Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Dublin City University (DCU), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). 

For Further Information Contact:

Dr Patrice Behan, School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, DIT., Ph: 01 402 4664