Author Archives: esr

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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‘Smart’ Materials – Intelligent and Responsive Materials

‘Smart’ materials are also called ‘intelligent’ and responsive materials. This is due to the property to change with their environment. In fact, smart materials react via a reversible mechanism to an external stimuli: stress, electrical current, temperature or even chemical compounds1. Those materials can be divided into several sub-groups: shape memory alloy, piezoelectric materials, magneto-rheological and electro-rheological materials. Due to ...

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Enjoying Learning Chemistry

The use of truly catalytic and efficient reactions is one of the most straight way to pursue sustainable chemistry in organic synthesis. In chemistry, catalyst refers to any substance that increases the rate of the reaction without itself being consumed. This increase of the reaction´s rate happens because the catalyst lowers the activation energy required for the reaction to begin. ...

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Education is a Two-way Street

PhD studies at a university offer a unique way to improve personal communication skills and engrain the fundamental knowledge of the subject so deep within the mind that it might remain there even at an age when forgetting one’s own birthday no longer comes as a surprise. Of course I’m talking about teaching. The dreadfully exhausting and time-consuming, yet strangely ...

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ITACA… a route for the knowledge of microwaves

As you set out for Itaca Hope the voyage is a long one, Full of adventure, full of discovery. (translated by “Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard”) Why is it important to perform secondments during your PhD? Well, a PhD cannot be considered just a normal job. It is an experience of life that forced you to think on a different ...

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