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These are the 15 Best Young Chemists in Germany

March 10th, 2020

The participants in the third round of the selection seminar for the 52nd International Chemistry Olympiad 2020 will compete for entry into the final round.

The best 60 students met in Göttingen from February 28th to March 6th, 2020 for the selection phase of the International Chemistry Olympiad. The 60 teenagers were able to beat 1196 participants in the first rounds.

These 15 students qualified for the final round in Kiel:

  • Mercina Albrecht, Max-Steenbeck Grammar School, Cottbus (Brandenburg)
  • Jannick Dörr, Kirn Grammar School (Rhineland-Palatinate)
  • Damian Groß, Werner-von-Siemens Grammar School, Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt)
  • Lukas Hamm, Anne Frank Grammar School, Rheinau (Baden-Württemberg)
  • Fynn Kessels, Carl Zeiss High School, Jena (Thuringia)
  • Felix Künzer, Elector Friedrich Grammar School, Heidelberg (Baden-Württemberg)
  • Tobias Messer, Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium, Dresden (Saxony)
  • Maximilian Mittl, Carl-Orff-Gymnasium Unterschleißheim (Bavaria)
  • Carlo Mörmel, Freiherr-vom-Stein School, Fulda (Hesse)
  • Alina Emily Scheuermann, Kurfürst-Ruprecht Grammar School, Neustadt (Rhineland-Palatinate)
  • Linus Schwarz, State High School for the Highly Gifted, Schwäbisch Gmünd (Baden-Württemberg)
  • Tom Erik Steinkopf, Georg-Cantor-Gymnasium, Halle (Saxony-Anhalt)
  • Yann Thele, Werner-von-Siemens Grammar School, Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt)
  • Timo Vladimirskij, Christian-Dietrich-Grabbe-Gymnasium, Detmold (North Rhine-Westphalia)
  • Frederik Laurin Walter, Werner-von-Siemens Grammar School, Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt)

These students have the opportunity to qualify for a ticket to the International Chemistry Olympiad 2020 in Istanbul (Turkey) and compete there as the national team for Germany. Participants in the third selection round can also qualify for the selection seminar of the European Science Olympiad (EUSO) if they are younger than 16 years of age.

The program in Göttingen included exciting lectures on chemistry basics but also the exams that determine whether or not the participants advance. This year's exams covered topics such as rock analysis, painkiller synthesis and alkaline saponification. Prof. Dr. Ricardo Mata captivated the participants with a lecture on his research topic, which is situated between theoretical chemistry, analytics and biochemistry. The certificates to the winners were awarded by Prof. Dr. Inke Siewert, chairperson of the Göttingen chapter of the GDCh.


Many thanks go to Casio for the donated calculators and to the Förderverein Chemie-Olympiade for organizing internships in universities and institutes. In addition, Brand is donating a set of glass equipment to each of the participating schools of the 15 best students so that they can prepare for the practical tasks of the fourth round. The GDCh will also award all participants who qualify for the 4th round with a one year free membership.

The annual selection competition for the International Chemistry Olympiad runs over four rounds and takes place in Germany by the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and in cooperation with the Ministries of Culture of the Länder.


Sonja Hanebaum 
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