Despite the lockdowns, Churston students have achieved further success in the Chemistry Olympiad competition. Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, this is a challenge open to the top A-level students in the UK. Four of our Year 13 Chemists tackled a number of perplexing problems, including the total synthesis of hydroxychloroquine and the role of phosphine (PH3) in recent reports regarding the possibility of life on Venus.
Edward and Bradley attained bronze awards, with Ola and Anna scoring in the top 20% of participants to achieve silver certificates. Ola remarked “The Olympiad was very challenging, but I really enjoyed preparing for the competition and using my knowledge of Chemistry to solve complex problems”.