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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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COSMIC successful Midterm Review & 4th network-wide event in Cordoba & Zaragoza

Last week, COSMIC had successfully fulfilled its Midterm Review meeting as well as its 4th Network-wide at the University of Cordoba and the University of Zaragoza, Spain. The purpose of the Midterm Review meeting is to have the project assessed by the REA (Research Executive Agency at EC) representative, having it been running for 24 months now. The 15 Early Stage Researchers ...

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Research Award 2018 “Organic Chemistry for Energy, the Environment and Nanosciences”

Prof. Giancarlo Cravotto from the University of Turin has been awarded by the President of the Italian Chemical Society Prof. Angela Agostiano and the President of the Organic Chemistry Division Prof. Gianluca Farinola. Research Award 2018 “Organic Chemistry for Energy, the Environment and Nanosciences”. Congratulations to Prof. Cravotto!

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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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COSMIC researcher Ana Luisa Maria – Winner of the poster prize at ESS16

After the shot-gun presentation at the 16th meeting of the European Society of Sonochemistry (ESS16), Ana Luisa Maria won the “Best Poster” award for her work on Ultra sound assisted oxidative cleavage of fatty nitriles. Congratulations Ana!

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Meet our SIM² KU Leuven researcher: Steff Van Loy

Steff Van Loy is a PhD student at the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven. His work targets the implementation of mechanochemical methods for recycling of critical metals from industrial waste streams.

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Call for applicants: 15 PhD positions in CHARMING

The EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN CHARMING consortium is looking for a dynamic team of 15 bright and enthusiastic PhD students. The call for applicants is now officially open. PhD candidates need to apply on-line through the CHARMING application tool. The deadline for on-line applications is October 15, 2018.  On-line Recruitment Procedure (APPLY HERE) All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment ...

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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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