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Graduate Training

Last week saw me attending my first module from the Graduate Training programme at DCU: Advance Analytical Techniques. The course consisted of a number of lab sessions where all students get to perform 4 experiments of their choice. Students (mainly in chemistry) from all the Dublin Universities (DCU, UCD, Trinity, NUIM) were participating as part of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance. The week was quite hectic, having to perform an 6 hour experiment each day, followed by a lab report to be written.

Overall, I must say the week was quite fruitful. I got back into the lab routine, such that you remember (or are reminded of) all the small nitty gritty things you have forgotten and all the other things you have never heard about. It was also good to meet up with all the people from the various Universities, and find out a bit about what they are doing, and also discuss some differences between the research environment at different locations. In addition, our demonstrator in charge (Dr Blanaid White) was really knowledgeable in all the experiments, and we also got the expertise of other individuals from the School of Chemistry, to give us further information about a number of experiments about which they have lots of experience.

The experiments I performed were about GC-MS, HPLC, Cyclic Voltammetry and Ion Chromatography. From each experiment I learnt a lot, but I was most excited about the HPLC experiment, since I will be working a lot with HPLC during my PhD, and this session helped me understand more about how the different parameters function and the basics about how to develop a method.

The lab reports are now written and I will be submitting everything on Monday. Let us hope I did well, as it would mean that the past week has indeed been fruitful. I wish that DCU has even more graduate training elements from which to choose from, as this has certainly been useful. I will be doing some more in the coming months, and I also hope they will be as fruitful as this.

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  1. March 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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