I press my staff card against the black card reader. “Welcome” shines in green. I take the handle and enter… Read more Tales of the lab 40: sintering
How often of you make plans, how long in advance do you plan, and did you know where you would… Read more Tales of the lab 38 : planning
You are a PhD student (or any other student), it is Friday evening and you are feeling stressed? No need… Read more Tales of the lab 37: Friday evening
Being able to see what others do not see needs a training of the eye; and this for microscopic images,… Read more Tales of the lab 36 : image description
The office open space is a large room with faint light. A floor up, after a few minutes in the… Read more Tales of the lab 35: Setting 5
This is a tiny room with three small desks and three people, sitting facing the wall. The floor is a… Read more Tales of the lab 34: Setting 4
You are entering the building from the ground floor. The is a small hall, with a corridor on the left… Read more Tales of the lab 33: Setting 3
We are standing in a large room, filled with cosy reddish office chairs, creamy tables, and black desktops. In the… Read more Tales of the lab 32: Setting 2
We are indoors, a large window panel stands on the right, with a glass door opening to a suspended outdoor… Read more Tales of the lab 31: Setting 1
Please do not fear enter my office after reading what follows… it’s just amazing how one can have so much… Read more Tales of the lab 30 : a door stopper story, social experiment
Rare-earth metals and room-size equipments are impressive and make one’s feel like a true scientist. But no need to go… Read more Tales of the lab 28: magic crystal, on the glass slide, who, now, is the fairest one of you?
Research student of my dreams, aka SOMD, is curious and motivated. SOMD comes to the university each morning, in good… Read more Tales of the lab 27 : SOMD, research student of my dreams
Did you know that you can heat up samples to more than 1000 C inside a transmission electron microscope (TEM)?… Read more Tales of the lab: 26 in situ liquid TEM
Why did we create haunted houses filled with fluorescent skeletons, creaking floor, hanging spider webs and whining ghosts, when we… Read more Tales of the lab : 25 the haunted lab
Every student who enrols in a PhD program has personal curiosity and interest into the research topic in questions. But… Read more Tales of the lab: 24 PhD or not PhD? Why do students embark?
Not that it has any reason to be easy, either. Why would it be easy when we struggle to mimic… Read more Tales of the lab: 23 The squid beak mystery: why is it so difficult to reproduce the beak of a squid?
This is the end, hold your breath and count to ten. My 18-months postdoctoral position is coming to the end.… Read more Tales of the lab 22: Post-doc overview
Daily proper data recording is CRUCIAL!! Some fantasise about dusty grimoires covered with notes scrabbled in gothic letters that encode… Read more Tales of the lab: 21 Labbooks