RTCW Awards 2015 – Monday

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.

Silver Awards silveraward

There sure is beauty some of the simplest and most natural chemistry as caught by @orgchemby here.

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.

Frustrated spin grew this fantastic crystalline flower.

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.

Brian Wagner shares the beauty of fluorescence, which is also appropriately spooky as we approach Halloween!

Illustrations are definitely useful Carmen and they pretty up the lab book too!

Gold Awards     


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!

Andrew gets philosophical to start both #RealTimeChem Week and National Chemistry Week in America. The sentiment

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…

Alex pretty much sums up why autocorrect and Chemistry don’t mix. However, sometimes hilarity does ensue.


Platinum Awards



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.

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.


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-