My interest in chemistry has its beginnings – in fact quite late – at the age of 14. At that time I spontaneously decided to attend chemical exercises (Chemische Übungen) in addition to the chemistry classes. On the one hand, one could conduct chemical experiments on your own – on the other hand, I was interested in theoretical explanations and justifications for chemical phenomena.
In high school, I attended the optional subject Chemistry Olympiad. As the name suggests, competitions take place every year. There are several qualification stages: course competitions – state competitions – national competitions – International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). In the summer of 2006 I had the possibility to participate at the IChO in Korea after reaching the 4th rank in the national competition.
You may be interested in my results at the competitions:
|9th grade, 2002–2003|
|course competition||2nd rank|
|state competition in Innsbruck/Sillgasse||8th rank|
|10th grade, 2003–2004|
|course competition||1st rank|
|state competition in Innsbruck/Adolf-Picher-Platz||6th rank|
|national competition in Klagenfurt/Lerchenfeld||11th rank|
|11th grade, 2004–2005|
|state competition in Lienz||1st rank|
|national competition in Vienna/Wiedner Gymnasium||9th rank|
|12th grade, 2005–2006|
|state competition in Schwaz/Paulinum||1st rank|
|national competition in Baden/Biondekgasse||4th rank, silver medal|
|international competition in South Korea/Gyeongsan||101th rank, bronze medal|
During the international chemistry Olympiad in South Korea I took some photos – see the gallery.