Outreach

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Audience:            KS5
Duration:            1 hour
Location:             Online

Workshop Description

This workshop focuses on the 3D shapes of molecules, what the word ‘chiral’ means, the importance of chiral molecules in biology, and about the resources available to research chemists looking at proteins, in particular current research focused on the main protease in SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the current pandemic. 

Concepts covered

  • Geometric isomerism
  • Optical isomerism 
  • Chirality in therapeutic drug molecules
  • Chirality in proteins 
  • Enzymes and active sites 

Prior learning required
KS5: Students should be familiar with skeletal formulae and the functional groups encountered at GCSE. 

Post-lab Resources

Self-directed resource available

Possible add-ons to this workshop

  • Q&A with researchers

Booking

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