Author Archives: Giacomo Damilano

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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WP2-ESRs, set for the stars! – Work Package 2

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Hello again fellow readers! We are ESRs 5 to 10 and we are the Work Package 2! Starting from the valuable samples given us from the ESRs of the Work Package 1 we will work out how to separate selectively the metals present in those concentrated matrices. We will investigate how ultrasounds, microwave and electricity can help us in extracting ...

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Understanding Overcapacity – Supply vs Demand

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Author: Samant Nagraj All ESRs already have a plan about their future, after the PhD. One might want to become a professor or a researcher or another might want to become a consultant or perhaps an entrepreneur. But, whatever field they might choose, they will become an influencing person of a huge system called market. So, it is important for ...

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Here we are, the ESRs! – Work Package 1

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Welcome to the blog of the ETN SOCRATES! We hope to post interesting articles on a regular basis, so add this page to your favorite bookmarks! First of all, we will be introducing ourselves; this week, we start with the ESRs of work package 1. Happy reading! Hi all! We are ESRs 1 to 4 and we are the Work Package ...

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