Rising Star China Chemistry Challenge(RSC3)


Hosted by the The Royal Society of Chemistry–World's leading science community

Originating from the chemistry Challenge which has been held in the UK for over 20 years

Exams happening simultaneously in over 40 different regions in China

Team-based competition with preliminary(round written test) and final(round experiment)

Participants of the national final have the chance to attend some of the world's top scientific activities

Date:9th December, 2017 (Saturday) 14:00-15:00 (60min)


Organizer Introduction

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC): Headquarters is located in central London, and awarded the royal charter in 1848. The four famous chemistry British academic institutions - chemical society, analytical chemistry, the royal society of chemistry and Faraday society began to merge and established a new British royal society in 1980. RSC has more than 30000 members, and has brought together more than 130 famous scientists and chemical researchers. RSC is one of the world's most influential chemistry academic organizations.

Beijing University of Chemical Technology: Founded in 1958 and formerly known as Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology. Beijing University of Chemical Technology has become a nationally recognized multidisciplinary university directly under the Ministry of Education. BUCT has its roots firmly planted on the national stage, becoming a key contributor in both the national '211 Project' and the '985 Advantage Subject Innovation Platform,' while keeping to the original goal of pursuing advanced scientific research and the development of high technology.

Challenge Introduction

The chemistry competition "Top of the Bench" hosted by the RSC is the oldest and most well-known chemistry competition of its kind in the UK. Adapting the contest to the needs of Chinese students, the RSC along with ASDAN China, have introduced the "Rising Star China Chemistry Challenge (RSC3)" based on the "Top of the Bench" competition structure and rules. This competition is academically organized and judged by the RSC with results fully recognized by the RSC. Participants of the national final have the chance to attend some of the world's top scientific activities. 
Official website: www.rsc.org



Academic and Judging Team

Professor David G. Evans Ph.D in Oxford University

Professor David G. Evans studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at Jesus College, Oxford University. After taking a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry, he received a DPhil degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 1984. Following a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Bristol University, he was appointed to a Lectureship in the Department of Chemistry at Exeter University in 1985. Several visits to Chinese university chemistry departments, he moved to Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) in 1996, where he is currently a professor in the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering working in the area of intercalation chemistry of layered solids. His work has resulted in over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and he has given many invited lectures at international conferences. He is also the Chair of the Beijing Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). In 2001, he was awarded a “ Friendship Prize” by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). In 2005, he received an“ International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award”from the State Council of the P.R.C. In 2014 he was awarded a “ Medal of Merit for Education” , one of 10 awards to mark the 60th anniversary of the State Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs. In 2014 he was awarded the“ BUCT President’ s Prize” and selected as a member of the BUCT Science Popularization Team.

Doctor Amy Lam RSC CEO in China

After receiving a doctorate (PhD) degree in Analytical Chemistry at Newcastle University, UK, Dr. Lam started her career as a R&D chemist at the Laboratory of the Government Chemist and the Shell Research Centre in the United Kingdom. During her employment in Shell, Dr. Lam participated in the "Scientist in Management" program and moved to work at the Shell Centre, London. Since rellocating back to Asia, Dr. Lam widened her commercial and international experience by taking up senior positions in Sales/Marketing. Business Development and Global Account managements in multinational companies such as General Electric, IBM and the Volvo group/Nissan Diesel joint venture. Dr.Lam has lived and worked in the UK, Hong Kong, USA and Japan and is currently working in Beijing as the General Manager for the Royal Society of Chemistry in China.

Doctor Susan J. Schamp Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry

Dr Susan J. Schamp studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at The Queen's College, Oxford University. After taking a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry, she received a DPhil degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 1993. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education at the University of Newcastle in 2006, and has taught A-level and IB Chemistry at St John's International School Brussels, Harrow International School Beijing and Dulwich College Beijing. She took a team of her students to compete in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Top of The Bench Chemistry Competition in the UK in 2010. Building on this experience, she co-led the first RSC inter-school chemistry competition in Beijing in 2013. This event has now developed into the nation wide RSC "Rising Star Chemistry China Challenge".

Competition Rules


English & Chinese

Team Rules

The competition requires a team of 4 people to work together as a unit. Each team must have 2-4 lower grade students (AP/IB Grade 10, GCSE or other equivalent grades), and 0-2 higher grade students (AP/IB Grade 11, AS-Level, or other equivalent grades). We encourage an equal number of higher and lower grade students.

Competition Time and Places


9th December, 2017 (Saturday) 14:00-15:00 (60min)
Competition is located at exam centers across China(check and choose exam center after registration)


24th and 25th March, 2018 (Saturday, Sunday)
In advanced chemistry labs in Beijing


A. Preliminary: Written test

This examination lasts for 60 minutes and consists of 100 multiple choice questions. The examination includes 3 different levels of questions - easy, medium and difficult. Each level of questions has different scores. Answering all questions in 60 minutes is unlikely, therefore students are encouraged to work efficiently as a team to get the most correct answers. For wrong answers, points will be deducted from the result.

B. Final: Experiments

  • The top 60 teams from the preliminary are invited to attend the final competition
  • 30 teams are chosen from the top 6 teams from each competition region and the other 30 teams are selected according to the national ranking list.
  • The final examination includes 3 rounds of experiment-based challenges with each round lasting for 90 minutes. Each round focuses on different topics, such as experiment design, scientific phenomena presentation etc. Judges will grade teams on every experimental step.

Awards Setting


  • Gold: Finalists
  • Silver: Top 15%
  • Bronze: Top 30%
  • Regional honorable award: Regional Top 10


  • National awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • National top 10 teams awards
  • National competition participation awards


Key Dates
  • Preliminary Round: 25th November, 2017
  • Final National Round: 5th March, 2018
Instructions for students participating in RSC3

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Required scope of knowledge
  • G2, A1 chemistry knowledge in A-Level courses
  • Chemistry knowledge in Grade 10 and 11 in Chinese high schoo
  • Chemistry knowledge in Grade 10 and 11 in IB courses

Exam Centers


2017-2018 RSC3 National Finalists

All names are arranged in the order of team code regardless of scores

Sample Problems


1、Can the students bring a calculator to RSC3?
Students can bring a basic calculator (without any equation editor and program functions) to preliminary round.
2、Can the students bring a dictionary to RSC3?

The students can bring a printed version dictionary to both preliminary and final round.

3、Are there any past exam papers or other studying materials?
Past exam paper will be emialed to respective teachers after registering for RSC3.
4、Refund policy

If, for some reason, a student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please notify us in writing one month before the deadline of registration. If the student notifies us after that, we will not be able to offer a refund.