More than 260 students from 30 high schools attended UQ in May to participate in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's Titration Competition for 2009.

Acid-base titration is a method in chemistry that allows quantitative analysis of the concentration of an unknown acid or base solution. It makes use of the neutralization reaction that occurs between acids and bases, and that we know how acids and bases will react if we know their formula. Students competed in 87 teams of three in SCMB's modern undergraduate teaching laboratories on Levels 2 and 5 of the Chemistry Building to impress judges with the molarity of their acetic acid solutions.  Competitions were also held at other venues in SE Qld.

High-scoring teams received certificates and mounted plaques for themselves and their schools and an opportunity to participate in the national finals held later in the year. The top three teams on the day at UQ were from Villa Nova College, Coorparoo, San Sisto College, Carina, and Loreto College, Coorparoo.

For more information about the competition, contact SCMB's Trevor Appleton or Gwen Lawrie.

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