SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition 2016

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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.

Winners of the 2015 SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition

Winners of the 2014 SSPC National Crystal Growing Competition

Competition Overview

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?

What materials can I crystallise? Click here for information

Material Safety Data Sheets for Health and Safety

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:

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You can also submit your crystal to the IUCr's international competition. Click here for more details!

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