CORE crystal growth competition


1st place winners University of Rouen entry from Lycée Camille Saint-Saens by students Charlotte Bourdelles, Mélissa Chaouadi, Alice Dazy
2nd place winners University of Strathclyde entry from Springburn Academy by student Bassim Sartawi
3rd place winner Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg entry from Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium 

Crystal Growth Winners


CORE Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) have organised a European crystal growth competition for high schools in the neighbourhood of the ESR host institutions  (France, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland).  High school students were invited to the host institute for an introduction about the CORE Project, MSCA and their scientific work in crystallization and a lab tour. The students were then provided with the materials and methods to grow Sodium Bromate ( NaBrO3) crystals under safe conditions. Sodium bromate is a compound that allows growing large single crystals from water solutions with a simple natural cooling procedure of a hot clear solution. NaBrO3 is an achiral compound but forms chiral crystals of which the handedness is relatively easily determined using a polarized microscope.

Sufficient materials were provided to make crystals large enough to use normal photography for a good impression. After their crystallization experiments a selection of high school students were invited to analyze their crystals at the host institute under supervision.

The crystal pictures can be viewed in the gallery on the CORE website and a winning artistic and scientific picture will be chosen during the midterm #BIWIC2018 conference 6-7 September 2018 in Rouen. Photographs from the visits are available at 

We are using the hashtag #CORECrystalGrowth . 

Participation: 5 countries, 7 high Schools, 60 students, 35 photo entries

University of Rouen, France – 27 March, 13 April and final visit in May 2018 (18 students from Lycée Camille Saint-Saens, France) 
Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands – 17 May and 1 June 2018 (8 students from Canisius College, Mondial College and Ludger College, The Netherlands)
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland – 5 June 2018 (8 students from Springburn Academy, Glasgow UK)
Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany – 11 June 2018 (7 student from Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium, Magdeburg, Germany) 
Friedrich - Alexander University Erlangen - Nürnberg, Germany – 21 June and 5 July 2018 (16-20 students from the Willstätter Gymnasium of Nürnberg, Germany).


The Criteria for the competition was agreed as

  1. Most interesting / creative


All participants (high school students) will receive a certificate of participation.  There will be three winning prizes 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  The winners will each receive a certificate, medal and a framed photo.

2018 Crystal Growth Competition

Crystal Growth