Dec 11, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: New Horizon

Bordeaux, France, taken on May 18, 2012

With a new year comes a new horizon and new hope. I’m currently on holiday and have forgotten everything about work with the intention to empty my brain and start afresh in 2017. As a researcher, my job is to publish papers and that would have to be my top priority in the upcoming year, before my contract expires. I’m going to have to push myself and get those manuscripts written and published, and it’s not going to be easy!

May 09, 2016 – [Monday] Anything Goes: Meaning of life

Glasgow, Scotland, taken on May 9, 2016

Sometimes when you are doing monotonous tasks in the lab, moments of epiphany strike. You may be wondering what is the point of spin-coating 100 samples, but in one split second you realize – spin-coating is life! Of course it may just be a labmate’s epiphanies scribbled on the glass hood, but worth a thought? 😉

Apr 24, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

Glasgow, Scotland, taken on January 12, 2015

I’ve posted images taken with an atomic force microscope (AFM) previously for a couple of challenges, and while this isn’t an AFM image, it’s a picture of what one of my material surfaces (that I was going to scan using AFM) looked like under an optical microscope. I think they were supposed to be crystals of some sort but I’d rather believe that they were mini spears and daggers pointed toward the centre, or maybe a super badass looking snowflake – so cool! It looked more like abstract art than science, but science is a delicate art in itself 😉

Nov 20, 2015 – [Friday] Anything Goes: Thinking cap

Glasgow, Scotland, taken on November 19, 2015

Some unexpected misfortunes have occurred lately in the lab, causing delays, failed experiments, and damaged machines. And these are very avoidable if everyone is more careful about what they do in the lab, which should be common sense but…is not always followed. Mr.Colleague decided then to enforce that everyone wears their thinking cap when entering the lab – one is even provided if anyone forgets 😉