Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

S6’s Christopher Docherty received the highest award in the 2016 Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.

The Roentgenium Award places Christopher in the top 0.76% of the 7229 students who entered the competition! In addition, Daniel Boulton-Jones was awarded the Gold Award which places him in the top 7.4% of entries.

The Chemistry Challenge is a prestigious competition which attracts entries from all over the world. The competition takes the form of a 90 minute written paper set by an experienced team of teachers and university chemists.

It is designed to be accessible to S6 students but takes them significantly beyond the syllabus and encourages them to think about science in the way they would at university. The competition aims to stretch and challenge students interested in chemistry.

Their teacher Dr Smith said: ‘This was a really excellent paper and an extremely interesting and challenging exercise for our top students. It was also relevant and demonstrated how Chemistry can help provide solutions to worldwide problems such as the Zika virus.

“One of the questions was based on an organic synthesis problem involving one of the pyrethroid family of insecticides. The use of insecticide treated mosquito nets can be an effective way to reduce infection with mosquito-borne diseases. I am also pleased to announce the school was presented with a ‘3dz2 Atomic Orbital’ crystal trophy.’

Finally, to recognise Christopher’s outstanding achievement, the University invited him to a residential Chemistry camp based at St Catharine's College and the University Chemical Laboratory.

Christopher said: “The whole experience was really amazing and I highly recommend all of the 5th year chemistry students sit the competition next year as this camp is an invaluable asset to have.”

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