QuantiCorp R&D: New Products for the Future - Context/problem-based learning


This C/PBL resource involves an investigation into catalysis and conducting polymers for the production of biosensors. Students are challenged to develop a biosensor based on a conducting polymer in the context of an R&D department in a high-tech company. 


This resource has been provided by, or developed in partnership with, The National HE STEM Programme.


This problem-based learning resource is intended for level 6 undergraduate students on BSc Chemistry, related programmes of study, or undergraduate degree courses. The resource can be used in whole or in part, and can be adapted to suit the subject knowledge of the students.  

Learning outcomes

Transferable skills: information retrieval and synthesis using the chemical literature; short oral presentations; teamwork; written laboratory reports; written project reports.

Knowledge and understanding: biosensors based on conducting polymers; mechanism of action of Grubb’s 2nd generation catalyst in the synthesis of polyacetylene; functional group reactions.

Practical skills: experimental design; synthesis of polyacetylene; analysis of polyacetylene using IR, UV-vis and NMR. 

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