RTCW Awards 2015 – Wednesday

Wednesday – 21st 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.

Wednesday. The biggest day of the week for #RealTimeChem so far and also “Back to The Future” day! No really, it was the actual day this time, not one of those bazillion hoaxes that have popped up since the decade turned. From this point on we are living in “the future”. Awards are can be found below.


Yes this is real. It’s over. It’s done. Frodo would be proud.

Silver Awards silveraward

Rachel makes everyone envious with the fact she gets to play with the best chemistry. All the bangs and explosions!

Andrea’s first experience of fluorescence is this wonderful shade of blue. May it be the first of many!

Noble gases are boring aren’t they? Just sitting around, doing nothing. But plasma balls are awesome as shown by Andres. Ah it’s like the 80s all over again!

Lab daily shows off some solid state fluorescence.

The 70’s were a groovy time (or so I’m told, I’m not THAT old) and lava lamps were cool. Elisa shows how you can make your very own with alkaseltzer.

In answer to your question orgchemby, yes, that’s a little on the unconventional side! But hey if it works, it’s all good!


Gold Awards     



Ian was carrying out some catalogue worthy chemistry. As I said at the time, it looks like the kind of reaction that you’d pick up and stare at for no particular reason, sometimes while not wearing any PPE whatsoever with a quizzical expression because you’re doing CHEMISTRY…It’s a nice looking reaction though!

Debbie’s demos continue! This one is a fun way to explain the ideal gas law using liquid nitrogen and balloon animals. Not everyday you write that sentence.

Have you heard about #ACSchemoji yet? You should have and Jessica is making us all jealous with her cool mug!

The colours keep on coming! Rose having fun with the traffic light reaction.


Platinum Awards


Laura makes the prettiest things! The night sky in a flask. Need I say more. Wonderous! A big favourite of the day.

Brian shows that you can demonstrate some science using the simplest of things. Flask. Marshmallow. A bit of suction. Fascination ensues.

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-