Author Archives: esr

Skating on the thin ice of PhD life

PhD students begin their career as just that – students, though more experienced and battle-hardened than their counterparts at the undergraduate level. However, a fully mature and independent researchers are expected to emerge at the other end of this journey and pave their own way into the intricate world of academia or industry. Naturally, the pressures of consistent expansion of ...

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Writing a PhD Thesis: A Marathon

Although writing a document presenting your work seems the least attractive part of doing research more or less for all researchers, it is maybe the most important part. As long as you present your work, you can have contact with all other researchers, you can contribute to literature and your work becomes valuable. You can present your academic work by ...

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Personal Awareness and Responsibility

Awareness and responsibility are two faces of the same coin, which makes them vulnerable. We are living in a society in which we are responsible for our own action, and in fact, we are well aware of it. As a matter of fact, we don’t want to cross the line awareness and turn this into our responsibility. We have to ...

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How to look at academic networking

The excerpt below is from a an excellent article, “Alliances Through Networking: It Is Not Rocket Science,” by Jaleh Daie. Although written for a science audience, there is very little in it that does not apply to all areas of academia. The full article appears in, The Scientist, Vol:12, #22, p. 13, November 9, 1998, and can be accessed at: ...

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Hobby, Job or Something in Between?

Balancing work life with hobbies is always a challenging task. Especially when you enjoy your work. I would say that a hobby becomes a job if you are able to do it professionally – meaning that you are able to earn a significant income from it. In such scenarios I feel that what you’re doing lies somewhere in between a ...

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Summer Plans in Academia

As the weather is starting to get sunnier and warmer, everyone starts wondering about fancy and exotic locations to go to on next summer…everyone but those who’ve committed themselves to research in academia. I’ve already given up to the idea that summer, for a PhD student, is when the usual summer tanning is replaced by increased work and productivity, driven ...

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When Ultrasounds Solves 3D Printing Limitations

3D printing research has grown exponentially only over the past 40 years. Technologies more and more accurate have been developed in order to achieve the perfect 3D model. What about the association 3D printing technology using sound waves? Nowadays the ultrasound technology has been associated to the 3D printing systems not only solid systems but also liquid. One of the ...

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Zeolites for Health Care: Oxygen Concentrator

An oxygen concentrator is a device that concentrates the oxygen from a gas supply, usually ambient air, by selectively removing nitrogen to supply an oxygen-enriched product gas stream. They arrived as a solution to replace the heavy high pressure oxygen cylinders or small cryogenic liquid oxygen systems, allowing patients using medical oxygen therapy to be treated in their home facilities. ...

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It’s Time For Writing: IMRD Structure

For the majority of the PhD students writing a paper or an abstract can be a nightmare. No ideas to write something on the white screen in front of you?Don’t worry! You don’t have to adopt your imagination or to be an excellent writer, just follow the following order. Results section: Start collocating graphs and tables, highlight the main funding ...

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Power of Polymorphism

Do you like chocolate? Who doesn’t! But do you know why chocolate from some places or brands is much more snappier and melts much better in the mouth than others? Yes sure ingredients and recipe are a reason but there is something beyond ingredients that makes the same cocoa butter taste much nicer! Cocoa butter is basically a collection of ...

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