Chemistry on Twitter surged last week with #RealTimeChem posts. The use of the hashtag more than tripled while chemists vied for an award in an annual contest hosted by blogger Dr. Galactic and the Lab Coat Cowboy. The purpose of the contest is to “raise awareness of the #RealTimeChem chemistry community on Twitter and encourage as many chemists as possible to tweet about their chemistry as they are doing it,” writes Dr. Galactic. To learn more about #RealTimeChem, read here.
The theme for this year’s contest was #Chem4Life, suggested by Twitter user @g_laudadio. “Chemistry isn’t just the scientific subject that we love. It is an ever present part of our daily lives,” Dr. Galactic writes. #Chem4Life “celebrates the chemistry you encounter during your day.”
The contest took place over a week, with chemists submitting tweets in eight categories: #CrystalPic, #ReactionPic, #ChemVideo, #CompChem, #AnalyticalChem, #BioChem, #ChemEd, and #ChemSelfie.
C&EN took part in the #realtimechem awards this year, not only by encouraging participation, but by offering prizes to the winners. The winners of all eight categories will each receive a $50 Amazon gift card (or equivalent for those outside the U.S.), a print copy of C&EN’s Dec. 3 issue with a spread featuring the winning tweets, and an exclusive #RealTimeChem Week 2018 mug from Dr. Galactic.
Here are the winners of the 2018 #RealTimeChem #Chem4Life awards followed by the runners-up.
A video I made to visualize the difference in abs/em across a series of #janeliafluor dyes using laser pointers of various (approx) wavelengths! Also, pretty colorz.— Jon Grimm (@jonathangrimm) November 16, 2018
...#RealTimeChem #Chem4Life #ChemVideo #organicchemistry #fluorescence #fluorophore #lasers @HHMIJanelia pic.twitter.com/cC7T5ziQTd
Atomic orbitals before virtual reality. We all love colourful orbital plots, but aren't these wavefunctions just adorable? Send love to good old-fashioned #compchem with command line interface #Chem4life #RealTimeChem! pic.twitter.com/2nM9Bet8eG— Molecular Dreams (@BL76276) November 14, 2018
A nanosecond pulsed laser hits a solid with the energy equivalent of a heavy rifle. This incredible amount of energy interacts with the surface realising light which we use to invetigate the properties of materials #LIBS #RealTimeChem #AnalyticalChem @BAMResearch @BerkeleyLab pic.twitter.com/3Bs5x72sYU— C:/arlos Abad (@CabadChem) November 13, 2018
Purification of the small Ultra Red Fluorescent Protein (smURFP). smURFP is blue in color, but fluoresces red. We use Nickel columns to bind smURFP, wash away other biomolecules, elute the protein, & buffer exchange. The yield of smURFP is 0.5 g! #BioChem #RealTimeChem #Chem4Life pic.twitter.com/i8pkQkLAk3— Erin Rod (@erin_rod_phd) November 16, 2018
Got the prettiest crystals ever (feat. a fibre from my jumper 😂)! Fingers crossed the different colours are the result of light scattering and not that I've just made a mess of different things! #cobalt #RealTimeChem @PWDgroup @DurhamChemistry pic.twitter.com/lDoulRq1pG— Claire 👩🔬 (@ClaireNBrodie) November 13, 2018
Pretty please! Anion exchange in toluene solution of CsPbBr3 nanocrystals: going from quantum confined CsPbBr3 (blue) to CsPbI3 (red) using oleylammonium iodide. (ref: https://t.co/Mc8uxcwmlJ) #RealTimeChem #FluorescenceFriday #perovskites @cenmag @IITalk @RETAIN_H2020 pic.twitter.com/s2T7XlmoWD— Dmitry Baranov (@bardmital) November 16, 2018
Who said that only experimentalist have fun? When you are working in #compchem, the world is your laboratory! You can search the inspiration to model reactive intermediates everywhere, from ⛰️ to 🏖️, never forgetting some 🍻!#RealTimeChem #Chem4Life @ICIQchem @Perez_Temprano pic.twitter.com/H89IClDfbm— Jesus San José (@JSanjor) November 13, 2018
GCMS Forensics Lab. Students identified chemicals on $1 bills, including glycerol, lipids, steroids, & illicit drugs! 2 of 9 $1 bills show traces of cocaine, while 5 of 9 $1 bills showed methamphetamine. #GWU #Chemistry 4123 #AnalyticalChem #ChemEd #RealTimeChem #Chem4Life pic.twitter.com/MeIC9Gswbp— Erin Rod (@erin_rod_phd) November 13, 2018
Our newest @CRITICAT_CDT PhD student Megan began her biocatalysis training rotation on Monday, studying the utilisation of Crithidia's fatty acid and lipid metabolism to make valuable products - good luck Megan! #BioChem #RealTimeChem #Chem4Life pic.twitter.com/mhFSatW0mW— EZC Group (@ezc_group) November 17, 2018