11 Juni 2007

My First Post.

I'm hoping that everything looks alright for Blogspot accessed over here in Germany appears (coincidentally) in German.

Anyway, as a general overview, this blog is to keep a general log of my thoughts and semi-daily events while on exchange to Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

I am a RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) scholarship holder from the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) studying chemistry at the Wolfgang Goethe Universität of Frankfurt am Main. I am assisting Ph.D. (or Promotion, as they call it) student Kerstin Kunz in her research for AK Wagner (the work group/circle or 'arbeit kreis' of Dr. Matthias Wagner).

So far I've really only just familiarized myself with basic air and water free laboratory techniques (Schlenk techniques). I had a basic handle of their operations before, but not quite to the level of caution and sophistication that is used in Kerstin's lab. I've run a basic reaction while learning to, I imagine, get working experience with Schlenk technique while doing something useful.

Germany (well, just Frankfurt am Main) is pretty neat. It's also not altogether that different from the States, but as you well know, I don't get out often back home and that hasn't changed much here. I'll give myself some time to get familiarized before venturing out. Note that there are indeed two Frankfurts, one for the river Main (am Main), and the other for the river Oder (an der Oder).

I'm working on getting some pictures up soon, but I have to find a hosting service. Is Photobucket a free service? I'll look into that later.

Lastly, the time difference, for general reference, is nine hours -- California PST is GMT -8, and Frankfurt is GMT +1. Perhaps I could use Zulu time for all things, but that would be both expected of me and perhaps confusing for everyone else.

Kommentare:

Vivek hat gesagt…

Yeah, shlenk lines are a bitch to work with. I had to use them (or some variant) to evaporate a volatile solvent for a solute I needed in somewhat pure form...then I had to clean that shit out. Nasty.

Don't spend too much time working, dude...I hear Germany's got good bars and clubs.

Sleepy hat gesagt…

i do like the german influence on your blog. it makes it so spartan and clean.

i don't know if you saw my email, but your google account has a free google photo albums thing. you can post directly to it from picasa. you can also post directly to this here ol' blog.

i hope you get a chance to get out more and do some sightseeing. learning new techniques in the lab is great, but don't miss out on the fact that you're in the fatherland!

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