Last year I got the chance to take part in a collaboration with Prof. Josetxo Pomposo from the Materials Physics Center. This project was about the synthesis of conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS, using Single-Chain Nanoparticles. Now, a few days ago we got our manuscript accepted in the European Polymer Journal! I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to join this work. I’ve learned a lot of new techniques, especially from the polymer chemistry side. Please visit my “Publications” section to learn more about this paper.
Last week I attended the “10th Conference on Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and its Applications” held in Brussels. I had the chance to present a talk about the molecular dynamics of poly(pentamethylene furanoate). This is a work related to my collaboration with Michela Soccio at the Università di Bologna. Also, I presented a poster about the use of Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy as an analytical technique. This other work is related to my current work at DIPC with Fabienne Barroso-Bujans. I’m very happy to say that I got the Best Poster presentation !!
One of my photographs has been selected to be part of the Fotciencia15 catalogue !!
My photograph, entitled “árboles de hielo”, was taken without any prior planning during a dielectric spectroscopy experiment and shows water condensation on a cold surface. Fotciencia is among the most important scientific picture contests in Spain and selects the most outstanding images from the aesthetic and informative points of view. Being part of this year catalogue, this photograph will travel throughout the country during the rest of the year. I’m very happy to be part of this year’s selection and hope to continuing doing a good scientific work !
During this week I’ve been attending the “Workshop on functional polymers“, a joint initiative between the Donostia international physics center (DIPC) and Forschungszentrum Jülich. I presented a poster with recent results on the study of single-chain nanoparticles using AFM-based mechanical properties.
This week we got a new paper published in Macromolecules !!! Our work “An Insight into the Anionic Ring-Opening Polymerization with Tetrabutylammonium Azide for the Generation of Pure Cyclic Poly(glycidyl phenyl ether)” deals with the precise synthesis of cyclic polymers. My contribution was mostly focused on the evaluation of cyclic purity by broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS), a non-conventional technique in the polymer synthesis area. Using BDS, it was possible to observe the “disappearance” of the dielectric signal related to end-to-end chain fluctuations (“normal mode”) in cyclic topologies due to the regioregularity of the polymer chains. This paper also reflects the hard and precise synthesis work performed by Jordan Ochs, as well as the excellent scientific management of my mentor Dr. Fabienne Barroso-Bujans. I thank them both for the opportunity of being part of this team!
Last week, Michela Soccio (Università di Bologna) and I spent the week working on two EUSMI funded initiatives. Our goal was to perform dielectric spectroscopy studies (low and high frequency) of furan-based novel polyesters. All measurements were excellent in terms of reproducibility and signal quality and now we will being data analysis via virtual collaboration. I am very happy to have the opportunity to work again with Michela and I’m pretty sure that this project will succeed in the best possible way.
As part of the Mestizajes Workshop, we had the chance to show the DIPC and CFM facilities to some of the participants. In the Polymer Chemistry Lab, I showed how we usually prepare samples. In the picture, the woman next to me is Eloisa, a professional piano player, who for some minutes was “transformed” into a scientist and got the opportunity to perform a hands-on experiment in our facilites ^_^ !