DAY 1

  • What did you do today?
    • Briefly describe your day’s activities
Today, we completed the task of extracting and analysing caffeine from green tea. Firstly, we were given a short lecture from Dr Bonanni on caffeine, then we proceeded with the experiment. After obtaining powdered caffeine, we then to proceeded to analyse the samples with an infrared spectroscopy. We printed out a graph with our results to find out the purity of our caffeine.
    • Include at least one photograph from today
  • What did you learn today?
    • Discuss any learning points from today’s activities
I learnt about caffeine's helpful and harmful effects on the human body and how to extract caffeine from beverages. We also learnt about carrying out experiments safely and handling harmful materials. (corrosive acids)

  • How do you feel about today’s activities?
    • Describe how the project has affected your understanding of the discipline and how it may be applied elsewhere
    • Share your insights for the day
I felt that the activities were certainly an eye-opener, as we did not have access to such advanced laboratory equipment back in SST. The experiment carried out was interesting and knowledgable. Overall, I enjoyed the activities today and look forward to tomorrow's experiment.

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