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03 February 2012

Tomorrow's chemistry stars battle it out in KEMI's new labs

As spring approaches so do the traditional Sciences Olympics. During the last weekend of January, the Department opened its doors to the Danish selection round for the International Chemistry Olympiad.

Forty-eight talented under 20-year-old hopefuls showed up with the intention of earning the right to represent Denmark in Washington D.C. from the 19 - 30 of July 2012. The round featured exercises planned by Anders Døssing in the Department of Chemistry's refurbished laboratories. But Olympiad hopefuls were also treated to the opportunity to hear about the Department's programmes and research.

Liv Klein discussed femtolasers, Nanna Wahlberg explained the implications of polymorphism in crystals with regards to the development of pharmaceuticals, Freja Østerstrøm showed off the atmospheric group's rooftop laboratory and discussed environmental chemistry, while Leila Lo Leggio talked about the Department's work with custom-designed enzymes which can accelerate the production of biofuels.

Finally, Ole John Nielsen spoke with the talented assembly about the development of climate-friendly refrigerants. On Saturday, a handful of the students turned up to represent the student body. A big "thank you" goes out to all those who volunteered their weekend to speak with some of Denmark's greatest youth talents about the opportunities to pursue their interests in chemistry at the University of Copenhagen.