Photo & Video Competition 2016

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Photo by Sven Laron

I see this every morning.

“Fluorescent NMR sample under UV light”

Photo by Magdolna Csávás

Our first fluorescent glycopeptide antibiotic against multiresistant strains


“Copper(II) sulfate”

Photo by Ştefan Raul

I love the way crystals form, because they’re very nice pieces of molecular architecture.

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“Great experiment in the laboratory”

Photo by Herry Wijayanto

This is a very unpleasant job for me.

“Selfie Stick”

Photo by Rukan Genc

It is an adjustable selfie stick that one of my students made from plastic pipettes for UV imaging of fluorescent samples. He was so bored doing it by hand.

“Clay Nanoparticles”

Photo by David Mutegi Marikah

It is an HRTEM image of clay nanoparticles from my M.Sc. project, which involves the development of water purification materials from siliceous nanoparticles for the remedation of lead, cadmium, and pentachlorophenol.

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“Agarose gel with UV Illumination”

Photo by Herry Wijayanto

Strawberry DNA stained with ethidium bromide appears as glowing orange bands like stars in the galaxy.

“Daniela performing experiments in chemistry”

Photo by Herron Torres

A blind student performs experiments.


“Eucalyptus oil extraction”

Photo by Herron Torres

Extraction of eucalyptus oil for bactericidal tests

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“Young chemist with an extraction process”

Photo by Herron Torres

Extraction of eucalyptus oil for bactericidal tests

“Dilution gone wrong”

Photo by Evmorfia Kostaki

You know recrystallization is going to take a while when you see that.

“Chemistry of Love”

Photo by Givago Prado Perecim

Work with love, chemistry is so pretty!

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“Friends in the laboratory”

Photo by Givago Prado Perecim

One more day in lab10

“My laboratory”

Photo by Givago Prado Perecim

Here I make my Ph.D. chemistry for life.


“Attention and caution”

Photo by Givago Prado Perecim

I love my job, chemistry is fantastic.

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“Work hard”

Photo by Givago Prado Perecim

My job is the best.

“Eye of a fly”

Photo by Stefan Meichtry

It’s the repeating pattern in the eye of a fly.

“CuRu Bimetallic Clusters”

Video by Dr. Pradip Pachfule​

Decoration of small sized ​CuRu bimetallic clusters in hollow carbon structures recorded using electron tomography measurements

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“Little Tension, Lots of Love”

Photo by Julia Marassi

When measuring the surface tension of samples, a cute heart was formed.

“Old Extractors and Distiller”

Photo by Manuel Novo

This old but beautiful equipment was used for chemical tests in a rope factory for many years.


“Stirring the Snow Globe”

Video by Andrea Bühlmeyer

I made this video at Christmas to show my friends how my drying product looked like a snow globe.

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“Swirling Down”

Video by Andrea Bühlmeyer

The solved product swirled down beautifully after extraction.

“Potential antimalarial compound”

Photo by Ana Gomes

Purifying a potential antimalarial compound derivative from quinacrine with these lovely colors

“Clean, but not clean …”

Photo by Nick Westerveld

We make dyes and we think we work clean, but once the UV lamp comes around, it’s clearly visible that we spill a lot of our precious dyes around the lab.

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“Dancing queen in water”


Video by Rajesh Gontla

It’s always fun to see the dance of dry ice in water.

“A lot of colors”

Photo by Laura Andrea de las Heras Martín

The importance of kinetics in analytical chemistry


“ReAcTiON: connecting chemists”

Video by ReAcTiON team

The video summarizes our love for chemistry, our vision and work.

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“Nemesis of a theoretical chemist”

Photo by Gloria Tabacchi

I took the picture while doing a chemistry demo for primary school children with my colleagues.

“Cotton Candy”

Photo by Ana Carina Constantino

Making products that have this beautiful color without adding any colorants.

“Holiday fumehood”

Photo by Dominika Regentová

Came back from holiday to this surprise from my lab mates.

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“Revealing the Nanostructure of Cellulose with Soundwaves”


Photo by João Avó

This picture shows for the first time the nanostructure of cellulose, which is ubiquitous in nature, in nanofibers cleaved with ultrasonic waves.

(João Avó, Susete N. Fernandes, Maria H. Godinho, Revealing the Hierarchical Mechanical Strength of Single Cellulose Acetate Electrospun Filaments through Ultrasonic Breakage, Macromolecular Rapid Communications 2015, 36, 1166–1170. Copyright Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. Reproduced with permission.)