RTCW Awards 2015 – Friday

Friday – 23rd October

Welcome to the 3rd #RealTimeChem Week awards. This year the awards have changed a little this year with some new prizes. All Pt award winners will get a prize this year (a key ring!). Of course, the 3 best tweets of the whole week win an all new fabulous #RealTimeChem Week 2015 branded mug as a prize (rather than aforementioned key ring). For more detail on the prizes and how the awards work see my recent blog post.

This year the awards are once again ordered into Ag (6 winners), Au (4 winners) and Pt (2 winners). Please note that within these categories they are in no particular order.

So without further ado, onto the 2015 awards.

Friday. Welcome to the end of the working week! It also just happens that this years #RealTimeChem week has a Friday that coincides with Mole Day! Unfortunately, there wasn’t a moles worth of tweets, but 6.02 × 1023 tweets might just have broken the internet methinks. Also I’m glad we call it Avogadro’s number and not Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro di Quaregna e di Cerreto‘s number, although that’d be more fitting to the enormity of the the constant in question. The #RealTimeChem Week Awards for Friday can be found below.


Silver Awards silveraward

Dana found a milli-mole! Cuuuute!

It’s always great to see a chemist happy at work and Prarthana here looks like she’s enjoying herself immensely. Thanks to Alice for taking this picture.

I was never really that good at mass spectroscopy, so I can feel your pain Shira. I’m sure you got it right the next time 🙂

Adrian has been looking through quite a number of old books this week. Seems like this one came with a hidden surprise, makes you wonder who it was who scribbled these notes and where they may be right now doesn’t it?

Sometimes a good work up is just what the doctor ordered and this was certainly the case for Chris. Even simple chemistry can look pretty.

Not sure this is truly a portal to heaven, but it’s certainly a crazy large scale experiment shared by Rose. When you’ve got a pool and a large block of dry ice laying around how can you resist?

Gold Awards     


It’s VSEPR teaching with Professor Balog, not with added balloon models. Definitely one of the best ways to show this theory.

The Chemistry Department of Wallace High School shared this fantastic cake, mixing Star Wars & Mole Day in edible form!

You might have seen a running theme of moles this awards, what did you expect on Mole Day? Professor Molenium looks like he had a fun day out in Denver with Debbie! Great shot of the sunrise.

Always sad when a chemist is leaving the lab like Rob here. I’ve got to hand it to him though, he’s got great clean up skills! Best of luck for the next chapter.


Platinum Awards



Mudz is making planets in his rotary evaporator. Jupiter is the easiest one by far. It’s a very short video, but one that a lot of people liked on Mole Day. I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the planets!

Nadine didn’t just share one tweet, but a whole load with a tour of the Abbatt Research Group at the University of Toronto. I’ve included two of my favourite tweets from the tour below. Lots of awesome equipment for atmospheric chemistry.


Note that the two Pt Award winners will be entered into the final Tweet of the Week competition and are in with a chance of winning a #RealTimeChem week 2015 mug!

 -Doctor Galactic-