As part of the CORE ITN the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) are given the opportunity to work at 3 different Institutions across Europe which are a part of the network for a maximum of 10 months. This gives us the opportunity to work together with our colleagues, to do joint research projects and get new views on the own research. At times this can also be challenging; travelling with family means a great deal of things have to organized.
For my first secondment, I travelled from Glasgow (University of Strathclyde) to Magdeburg in Germany for two month. As it is my hometown and former place of work, making arrangements for accommodation and work preparation was a lot easier. To make the most out of the short time one stays at the host institution plans for the research need to made ahead of time. Once you are there you can use the opportunity, that the paperwork stays back at home, and focus solely on your experiments.
With the help of ESRs Francesca C. and Shashank as well as my former colleagues at the Max Planke Insitute (MPI) we managed to make a set up work within a very short period of time. And sometimes you are lucky and it actually works 🙂
It was a lot of fun working with my colleagues in Magdeburg. Cross border work can really spike some synergies to improve ones own skills and broaden the view. But as much fun as it can be, it is also challenging on the personal life, travelling with family.
Soon I go on my next secondment to Nijmegen for 2.5 month, working with ESRs Giuseppe and Jan. I am looking forward to new experiences, as this time will be very different as it will be a new city to live in. We will continue the preferential antisolvent deracemization experiments and add viedma ripening to the mix, enhancing the product purity (…hopefully, I mean it should work right).
Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)
University of Strathclyde
Johannes started working in CORE in January 2017. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Process Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg. Before joining the project, he worked as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg focusing on continuous resolution of enantiomers using crystallization. He will be working under Prof. H Ter Horst on continuous resolution of enantiomers using antisolventcrystallization and racemization. Therefore he will be involved in various research Projects as well as collaboration with other Universities.