What's New In the Lab?
Arthur Stokreef (M.Sc. candidate) celebrates the last day of his measurement campaign at the Aurubis smelter in Hamburg. Thanks to the Aurubis staff for giving us access to their infrastructure and allow us to collect data on their Cu-flash furnace.
When group alumni Annika, Sean, Nic and Yoon returned to Queen’s, we caught up over a BBQ with beer, sausages, pretzels and pretzel buns. Apparently our mini-Oktoberfest was approved by three German graduate students (can you spot them?).
A new article co-authored by former graduate students John Saunders, Hao Chen, Weijan Chen and undergraduates Chris Brauer and McGregor Clayton, describes the application of a new interferometric refractometer to one of the most ubiquitous polymers, i.e. silicone. In the article we use a new model based on the Lorenz-Lorentz equation to quantify the amount of organic vapours in the PDMS film and can even characterize the polymer restructuring that occurs when a guest molecule enters the polymer.