Sunday, April 22, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

IYC 2011: Global Experiment

By: Ma. Andrea Geneive P. Ocampo, Lizelle G. Mendoza

The International Year of Chemistry 2011 (IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry for mankind. With a theme, Chemistry – Our Life, Our Future”, IYC 2011 opens various activities which were found to be interactive at the same time educational. IYC is intended to reach across the globe with participation from the public: local, regional, and national level.

IYC 2011 aims to increase in the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. In line with this celebration, the year 2011 also marks the 100th anniversary of the noble prize awarded to Marie Curie which gives an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. Added to that, this year is also the 100th year of funding the International Association of Chemical Societies which highlights the benefits of international collaboration.

Succeeding IYC 2011 events will provide to see how creative chemistry is as a science which is also important for sustainability and improvements for our way of life. The year of chemistry will help enhance international cooperation by serving as the source of information for activities by national chemical societies, educational institutions, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The IYC 2011 is an initiative of IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

In line with this, the Institute of Chemistry in UP Diliman also celebrated the International Year of Chemistry with Global Experiment. This event contained various experiments which made use of water. It answered different problems regarding water such as its purity.

Dr. Florian del Mundo, the director of the Institute of Chemistry welcomed the students from various schools in Metro Manila in this experience. These schools include the School of the Holy Spirit, Manuel L. Quezon High School, St. Jude College School, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Morning Dew Montessori School, San Francisco High School, Krus na Ligas High School, Manila Science High School and UP Integrated School. It was further made possible by the facilitation of the instructors from the Institute of chemistry which include Ralph Gonzales, Herdeline Mallari, Maxx Arguilla, Nesty Tumbaga, Colleen Rosales, Daben Libardo, Markville Bautista, Charmine Alcantara, Joel CabaƱero, Julius Saluria, John Salvador, Christian Salvador and Ian Malgapo.

With units provided by the UNESCO, 4 experiments were facilitated. This is to help students be aware of the various properties of water and its role in the environment. Students from different sides of the metro were enjoying these activities at the same time been educated with just simple experiments.

The first activity was about the pH of water which made use of a colorful way to test the pH of different water samples and this helped them to understand the acidity of water. This made use of Bromthymol Blue and Methyl Red as an indicator. The second activity involved the process of purifying water and its treatment to kill germs wherein the water was filtrated and then treated to kill germs. The third experiment involves knowing the salinity of water. This activity involves the evaporation of water and they learned about salts and crystallization. The last activity involved another purification process of water which is distillation and they designed a solar still.

Truly, this was a successful event which educated high school students and at same time taught them the fun side of chemistry. Chemistry is not really tough but enthusiastically exciting.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Chem 16 Review (14 July 2011)

By: Ana Carmela R. Miranda

Last July 14, the U.P. Chemical Society organized a review session for students who were taking Chemistry 16 in the first semester. The session was held in PH 1201 at the Institute of Chemistry. Approximately fifty students from different colleges were able to attend the said tutorial service set at 5:30 pm. The review included an interactive tutorial session as well as helpful review materials (e.g., sample questionnaires and answer keys) prepared by the members of the academics committee. The discussions primarily tackled the scope of the first long exam in Chem 16, such as matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, chemical periodicity and the quantum theory. Overall, the review was successful and was well-received by the students. The next Chemistry 16 review will be arranged sometime in February in preparation for the midterms.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

The Current State of UP Institute of Chemistry

9 June 2010. Around 11 pm, the Pavilion II of the Palma Hall, which houses the General Chemistry instruction laboratories and the Natural Products Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry research laboratory of the UP Institute of Chemistry (UP IC), was razed in a fire that reached fifth alarm around midnight.

The fire which originated from the research laboratory reached the adjoining Pavilion III, which houses the Nanoworks Laboratory of the UP National Institute of Physics.

While no human casualties was reported, the damages the fire caused amounted to a huge sum of money, which mostly came from the research grants and funds for the new UP IC building. The reason of the fire has yet to be determined.

Lecture classes were relocated temporarily at the third floor of the New IC Research Building. Lecture classes resumed last June 24. Laboratory classes remain suspended until July 8 once Pavilion 1, which was not affected by the fire, is declared safe, clean, and ready for use. However, some laboratory classes will resume on July 6, 2010 and will be conducted temporarily at the NISMED chemistry and physics laboratories.