Monday – 19th October
Welcome to the 3rd #RealTimeChem 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.
Monday. And so it began again. #RealTimeChem is usually slow on a Monday as all those sleepy chemists wearily drag themselves into the laboratory or office after a weekend of frivolity. Well, those that left the laboratory for the weekend that is. Despite the slow start, there were some great tweets throughout the day & my favourites are highlighted in the awards below.
Anyway, on with the awards for Monday.
There sure is beauty some of the simplest and most natural chemistry as caught by @orgchemby here.
It's fall here, but also winter. #realtimechem http://t.co/VqmX92CGx4
Под тягой (@orgchemby) October 19, 2015
It's fall here, but also winter. #realtimechem http://t.co/VqmX92CGx4—
Jeff has so far shared quite a number of tweets, but this was my favourite of the day. Some fun and colouful outreach making polyurethane. Good old fashioned messy chem.
.@UMNCSE outreach: polyurethane foam synthesis @UMNChemistry @AmerChemSociety #realtimechem #NationalChemistryWeek http://t.co/EalVMUbNw4—
Jeff Ting (@J_Ting1) October 19, 2015
Frustrated spin grew this fantastic crystalline flower.
From the kingdom of crystalline flowers. #RealTimeChem http://t.co/xapBiNm7RR—
Frustrated Spin (@mathivathanan) October 19, 2015
Mike Shipman may have gone overboard with his fractions, but he does take stylish shots of test tubes. I like the perspective on this photo. It’s a cool angle on something some of us do/did an awful lot.
I think I went a bit overboard with the column fractions. #RealTimeChem http://t.co/zaow0Jkesi—
Mike Shipman (@MikeyShipman) October 19, 2015
Brian Wagner shares the beauty of fluorescence, which is also appropriately spooky as we approach Halloween!
#RealTimeChem Week - the beauty of #fluorescence: fluorescein in water under UV light. #Chemistry #UPEI http://t.co/1qgfnVhEMM—
Brian Wagner (@DrummerBoy2112) October 19, 2015
Illustrations are definitely useful Carmen and they pretty up the lab book too!
Drawings are useful in the lab notes #RealTimeChem http://t.co/bP7pvxEt46—
Carmen (@ChemCarmen) October 19, 2015
Sam Griggs lab mate sure knows how to crystallize. I love how the benzil crystals in the tube look almost look like a firework mid-bang!
Lab mate sends a photo of his recryst. Shame he couldn't get them from a column #realtimechem #minearebetter http://t.co/FuEiO4TGUn—
Sam Griggs (@OrganicWomble) October 19, 2015
Andrew gets philosophical to start both #RealTimeChem Week and National Chemistry Week in America. The sentiment
Inspired for #NationalChemistryWeek! Hopefully a few more to come in this series. #RealTimeChem http://t.co/w0wkMJm9Cc—
Andrew Davis (@weemadandrew) October 19, 2015
Laura lives in South Africa and tweets a lot of #RealTimeChem and she’s always coming up with fun new whimsical ways to surprise. This tweet was favourited a lot & for good reason. Shame I don’t have the nails to do this…
Get psyched, it's #RealTimeChem Week 2015! (How long before I accidentally dissolve this with acetone?) http://t.co/HWTvk7k1py—
Laura van Laeren (@lauravlaeren) October 19, 2015
Alex pretty much sums up why autocorrect and Chemistry don’t mix. However, sometimes hilarity does ensue.
Chemistry autocorrect fail/horror #RealTimeChem https://t.co/E9wVRLWC8j—
Alex Goldberg (@AlexFGoldberg) October 19, 2015
I’m not sure what it is about very small glassware, but everybody loves it. Andres seems to think he’s found Hobbit glassware, but it’s quite clearly pixie glassware. Everybody know that. Anyway, it’s super cute and I think everyone can agree on that.
I think I found Bilbo's chemistry glassware set #realtimechem week https://t.co/koKicA9JUj—
Andres Tretiakov (@Andrestrujado) October 19, 2015
Debbie spent the day teaching about pH with cabbage juice indicator. Outreach is such an important part of chemistry and Debbie seemed to be having a blast. This was the single most favourited tweet of the day, and there were others that were also very popular (such as the one below it). A well deserved Pt award I’d say.
Chemistry colors our world! Today I'm using cabbage juice indicator to teach pH #RealTimeChem #NationalChemistryWeek http://t.co/ncg55WtBJE—
Debbie Mitchell (@heydebigale) October 19, 2015
Cabbage juice is a pH indicator! Far left: baking soda (basic) Far right: tartaric acid Mid: control #RealTimeChem http://t.co/pw9FwH3FRS—
Debbie Mitchell (@heydebigale) October 19, 2015