Co-led with the class teacher, the students will interact with Oxford Chemistry ambassadors via MS Teams, whilst undertaking small-scale investigations using UV and water beads, which have been sent to the school in advance.
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.
Chirality in therapeutic drug molecules
Chirality in proteins
Enzymes and active sites
Prior learning required
Students should be familiar with skeletal formulae and the functional groups encountered at GCSE.
Self-directed resource available
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