RTCW Awards 2014 – Friday

Friday – 27th June

So the 2nd annual #RealTimeChem Week is here. That means that, once again, it’s time for the #RealTimeChem awards. This year the three best tweets of the whole week win a fabulous #RealTimeChem Week 2014 branded mug as a prize, which you can find out about on the FAQ!

As in the previous year, the awards are ordered into Ag (10 winners), Au (7 winners) and Pt (3 winners). Please note that within these categories they are in no particular order of favoritism. Those Tweeters who have won a Pt will be the lucky ones with a chance to win the prizes.

So without further ado, onto the 2014 awards.

Friday. Final day of the working week and the last big day for #RealTimeChem week 2014.  I’m out of interesting things to say in these opening monologues. I do know a joke about…


Perhaps not…onto the Awards for Friday.

Silver Awards


Yeah Ethan I’m pretty sure that’s a sign that it’s best to call it a day…


Speaking of fire. Make sure you get your priorities right. Richard most certainly does.


My labs always preferred glass back TLC plates too. So much better quality, so much more frustrating to cut as Lab Daily illustrates.

Daniela finds a World cup reference in her column chromatography. Even silica has it’s favourites.

Young Brando isn’t convinced this is a white solid. I’m inclined to agree, but purples in this year dontcha know?


It’s amazing the pictures you can take with an iPhone these days, even through a microscope! Some close up Crystals by Annie of the Peczuh Research group.

Oh ChemSusChem, being a publishing editor myself I feel your pain. No pleasing some, but it’s all part of the job!

Joaquin shared a version of the periodic table I’ve not seen before. It’s in Czech! I’m not sure they could fit anymore information on it if they tried. Love me a periodic table in another language.

Mark captures his chemistry in the sunshine. I wish my old labs had had views like that. I wish they’d had access to sunlight actually…

Hello Dave. HAL 9000 reborn? Henrik’s reactor seems to be giving us all the eye.

                  Gold Awards                   


Crystallization is an art not a science, but I’ve never quite seen crystal growth like Logesh found.

These are the chemists of the future! I’m sure once they got those lab coats sorted they whipped up some reactions and all got 100% yield, right Charles?


There’s been a lot of brightly coloured chemistry this #RealTimeChem week and these colour tests for resins from Ignacio are yet another example that I totally chose the wrong chemistry for my projects…

Kevin has been tweeting all week about all sorts of toxicology related chemistry so it seems fair to give him a reward for his contributions this week. I’m usually happy to see pictures, but am glad in this case there aren’t any!

Andreas has already won multiple awards this week and Friday is no exception. Liquid crystals can be fascinating as these pictures show.

I’m always amazed when simply shots of everyday lab chemistry turn out to have a certain beauty to them and who would have thought that opening a jar of 2,4-DNP would be so photogenic? Thanks Jason!

I hate selenium chemistry. It’s toxic, it’s stinky, it’s just plain nasty. i_lean is braver than I. Some great shots of chemistry in action too.



Platinum Awards

Note that these three lucky people will be entered into the final Tweet of the Week competition and are in with the chance of winning a #RealTimeChem week 2014 mug!


Ethan breaks out the models and what models they are! I’m really loving this shot demonstrating crystal packing with crystal balls. I predict a Pt award. Oh look.


I haven’t seen many vines at all this #RealTimeChem week, so it’s nice to see a bit of live action chemistry related stuff. As ever, do-it-yourself for the win in the lab and Andrea definitely gets a win.

One of the reasons I decided to start #RealTimeChem was I love seeing chemistry in action, but I also love all the funny things that chemists get up to in the laboratory, especially when we’re bored. Heidi demonstrates this very well. Chemist + googly eyes + last in lab  = hilarity.


Well done to Friday’s winners! Only one more awards to go, which shall go up on Monday. #RealTimeChem week 2014 is almost over, but #RealTimeChem never stops. See you at the weekend awards! Then, it’ll be almost time for Tweets of the Week!

-Doctor Galactic & The Lab Coat Cowboy-


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