RTCW Awards 2015 – The Weekend

Weekend – 24th/25th 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.

Weekend. A chemist’s work is never done and there a plenty of them still in their labs at the weekend. There is also plenty of them out and about, having some well deserved fun. Work hard, party hard. For #RealTimeChem Week, this is the wind down period, but it’s also where you find some of the best tweets. Thanks for taking part everybody. Here’s the weekend awards:


Silver Awards silveraward


From Laura, it’s great to see so many women in chemistry having a good old fashioned and well earned pub night!

Andrew shares some shots from the University of Warwick’s open day. Looks like much fun was had & hope it brought in some more young chemists.

Hahahaha, if you’ve ever done an exam this joke is very familiar. Great chuckle Eric.

SEM is used all the time and yields some fantastic pictures, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find beauty in the machine itself. Nice shot from Jenny.

I think Alltagsprisma might have found a new definition of awkward? Or maybe it’s a good thing. You are, your PhD defence, the biggest expert in the room after all!

Lab analysis on a Sunday is the best Christian. The best. You will love it. Love it I say! In all seriousness that’s some dedication. It looks like you either slept in the lab or you take your spectra to bed with you. Hardcore.

Gold Awards     


SuperScienceGrl did all the chromatographies. All of them. She most certainly deserves an award for them.

Brian finds some chemistry on his wind-shield with these fabulous ice fractals. Beautiful shot.

Andres show off his horticultural skills. These colourful seaweeds are vastly superior to the real deal!

Kudos to Clarry Bee for taking on the Grignard reaction. It’s a staple of organic chemistry, but I actually hate them, I didn’t have the knack. Damn you Grignard, damn you all to hell!


Platinum Awards


Emily’s spectacular outreach was the most favourited tweet of the weekend for good reason, everyone loves chemiluminescence!

Being an editor these days, this one is rather close to my heart. Proof reading folks. It’s a biggie. Good spot on this one Molly!


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-