The Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre’s (SSPC) National Crystal Growing Competition, has been launched in partnership with iCRAG (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences) and the International Union of Crystallography’s (IUCr) global competition!
The aim of both the SSPC national and IUCr global competition is for an individual student to grow a single crystal using either any of the materials listed on our website (to be used only with instructions from your teacher in school). Those entering the national competition will be judged by SSPC experts and those entering the global competition will be judged by an international panel of judges who are experts in crystallisation and crystallography!
The national finals will take place in both DUBLIN (iCRAG headquarters in UCD) and LIMERICK (SSPC headquarters in UL), depending on the region your school is from. Those wishing to participate in the IUCr global competition must upload their pictures and video by November 20th.
The aim of the competition is for an individual student to grow a single crystal using either Salt (Sodium Chloride), Alum, Sugar, or Copper Sulphate (to be used only with instructions from your teacher in school), which will be judged by SSPC experts on crystallisation and crystallography.
Who can participate?
The SSPC competition is open to primary and post-primary schools in Ireland. Teacher supervision is required for crystallisation of compounds other than salt or sugar. Please view the Material Safety Data Sheets for Health and Safety instructions and indications for materials listed below.
Prize: iPad mini
How to submit my entry?
- Click here to sumbit your entry through the online submission form
- And tweet us a picture of your crystal using #sspc_crystals
- SSPC deadline December 23, 2016
What materials can I crystallise? Click here for information
Material Safety Data Sheets for Health and Safety
- Aliminium compounds except chlorides and bromides
- Copper salts: sulfate
- Aluminium Sulfate
- Copper Sulfate
- Magnesium Sulfate
- Potassium Sodium Tartrate
- Sodium Chloride
How to grow a crystal Click here for information
Judging Criteria Click here for information
IUCr closing date: November 20, 2016
Need more info? To find out more information contact SSPCrystals@ul.ie
SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition 2016 is in association with:
You can also submit your crystal to the IUCr's international competition. Click here for more details!