Author Archives: Giacomo Damilano

The cocktail bar statistical analysis

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Dear readers! I would like to describe some of the concepts of my everyday work by comparing it with a well known social activity: going to a cocktail bar! First of all, me remind you what my job is. I am a theoretical chemist, also called computational chemist, or nerd, and my work is to simulate chemical systems, just with ...

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How can an industrial experience boost your PhD?

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For most PhD applications, a relevant industrial experience is considered a plus in the CV. However, the career shift from the industry back to the academia often comes with transitional challenges. This leads PhD-newbies, like myself, into asking: “Which aspects of an industrial experience can come in handy while easing this transition?” With more than two years of professional experience ...

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SOCRATES: a multicultural project

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«Θα ήθελα μια μπύρα, παρακαλώ!», «Can I have a beer please?», «Puedo tomar una cerveza?» «muje ek beer chahiye?», «Één pintje alstublieft?», «Bir bira lütfen?», «Minä haluaisin yksi olut?», «Одно пиво пожалуйста?», «Potrei avere una birra?». Imagine hearing the same phrase in different languages from different people sitting at a big table in a pub at Pori, Finland. Wondering how ...

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So, you decided to do a PhD…

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First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your decision! Despite knowing that it may be a painful journey, you accepted the challenge to get this ‘Dr.’ in front of your name. You start enthusiast and motivated, knowing that you are going to work on your field of interest nurturing your little baby, the thesis. Exciting! But seriously, have you ever asked a ...

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Brief history of Electrochemistry

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Edison and Tesla, I bet you all have heard of these brilliant scientists and inventors, famous for their contributions to the field of electrochemistry. This article is not an attribution to them, but to all scientists who played a role in the development of electrochemistry as we know it. I would like to start way back in time, when in ...

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How dirty are you?

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Green chemistry can be considered in general terms as the ‘domestic economy’ of chemistry. We, desperate housewifes of the lab, care at not to elicit too much disorder into our lab to get things done. This can be done in various ways as reducing usage of chemicals to the bare necessity and picking the less harmful path, to both environment and ...

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About Exergy, Fruits and Coffee

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As a person grown up in a little village of Spain, I used to go to the orchard with my family to harvest our fresh fruit and vegetables. Home-grown tomatoes, apples, watermelons, potatoes… I think that summer is my favourite season just because of that! However, our neighbour used to get more cherries and peaches than us, and it left ...

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How to pitch a business idea in 3 minutes

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While some of our SOCRATES fellows were attending the ERES 2017 conference in Santorini, I had an enjoyable time in Tallinn, at the Summer Camp on Circular Economy Entrepreneurship in System-Integrated Metal Processing (CEE SIMP 2017). This event was organized by Tallinn University of Technology and Aalto University as a part of doctoral courses and it was supported by EIT ...

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The man behind the name

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So far you should have a brief idea about the SOCRATES project, but what about the man behind the name that honors our project? Allow me to take you to another era… when one of the greatest philosophers of all time wandered along the streets of Athens, in the 5th century B.C.; Allow me to introduce you to Socrates! Socrates ...

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Understanding computational chemistry via football

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Author:Roberto Macchieraldo Dear readers, As promised, here I am, keeping you up to date on my work, my life, let’s say myself. In this post, I would like to get you more acquainted to what computational research work is. Don´t worry! I won’t bore you: computational chemistry is fascinating and easy to understand! I am a computational chemist and I ...

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