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 ^_^ !
I’m attending the 3rd Mestizajes Workshop, organized by Gustavo Schwarz and Víctor Bermúdez at the DIPC. It’s a lil’ far from my usual perspective on science and academia but I’m very happy to have the opportunity to attend and learn from new and different perspectives. This afternoon we’ll have a visit to our Labs so we can also show the way we do our research 🙂 !
So today I’ve spent my morning attending the “Vidas Científicas” meeting. I had a great time sharing with the students. We had the chance to talk and discuss about physics, atomic force microscopy, and how’s the researcher’s life (from my very subjective point of view). I got to meet wonderful people, quite a few of them interesting on pursuing the academic path. I hope the best for all of them!
On Monday 23th of October I’ll have the opportunity to participate in the 7th “Vidas Científicas” (Scientific Lives) meeting, to be held at the Eureka! Zientzia Museoa in San Sebastián. This is an activity aimed to High School students so they can have the chance to meet and talk with scientist from different fields. I’ll be representing the Physics field and, as probably expected, I’ll be talking about Atomic Force Microscopy:
More info about “Vidas Científicas” can be found here (Spanish only).
The successful collaboration with Dr. Soccio led to a paper entitled “Molecular dynamics of fully biobased poly(butylene 2,5-furanoate) as revealed by broadband dielectric spectroscopy”, which is now available as a free download in Polymer, until Nov 23th. Just follow this link and go check it out!!