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Germany’s Sixteen Best Young Chemistry Talents

30. March 2017

Last month 60 young chemistry enthusiasts from almost all federal states met in Göttingen for the German semi-finals of the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). An extensive seminar program with lectures and practical exercises awaited the students as well as two four hour long tests each containing eight problems. Those sixteen multipart problems allowed for a much differentiated analysis of the contestant’s results, who scored between 183.75 and 46.5 points.

The contestants which successfully made it into the 4th and final round are (in alphabetical order):

Eric Bahne, Staatl. Leibniz-Gymnasium, Pirmasens (Rhineland-Platinate)
Roman Behrends, Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium, Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt)
Nils Frank, Justus-Knecht-Gymnasium, Bruchsal (Baden-Württemberg)
Johannes Günzl, Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium, Erfurt (Thuringia)
Anton Hulsch, Gymnasium Einsiedel, Chemnitz (Saxony)
Constantin Jaschke, Wilhelm-Ostwald-Schule, Leipzig (Saxony)
Lea Korn, Bismarck-Gymnasium, Karlsruhe (Baden-Wurttemberg)
Xincheng Miao, E.T.A. Hoffmann-Gymnasium, Bamberg (Bavaria)
Pascal Reeck, Wilhelm-Ostwald-Schule, Leipzig (Saxony)
Moritz Richter, Städtisches Gymnasium, Riesa (Saxony)
Kayo Sakurayama, Weinberg-Gymnasium, Kleinmachnow (Brandenburg)
Franz Seckel, Ulf-Merbold-Gymnasium, Greiz (Thuringia)
Lukas Siedenberg, Gymnasium Sulingen, Sulingen (Lower-Saxony)
Alexei Torgashov, Humboldtschule, Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe (Hesse)
Anton Ullrich, Georg-Cantor-Gymnasium, Halle (Saxony-Anhalt)
Sebastian Witte, Bismarck-Gymnasium, Genthin (Saxony-Anhalt)


These sixteen are invited to the final 4th round in Kiel to compete for the four places at the Olympiad. The assignments in Kiel will be of focusing mainly around laboratory work. In the international competition practical problems account for 40 % of total score, and therefore a great performance in solving theoretical problems alone will not be good enough for a medal.

Consequently, the month of May will mean a lot of practicing for the contestants. But just as in the third round, again the Friend’s of the Chemistry Olympiad Association (Förderverein ChemieOlympiade e. V.) will assist the students. As alumni, the members have been there and know much about what to expect. A practical and theoretical test will determine the four best contestants. In July they will represent Germany in the International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, facing other young talents from over 75 countries.


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