Visible light photocatalysis review articles Show more
I'm going to keep a thread of these here, in case I need them later. It's helpful for me, but others may find them interesting! Open access versions wherever possible.
"Solar Synthesis: Prospects in Visible Light Photocatalysis"
Schultz & Yoon (2014)
Bristol academic cracks Voynich code, solving century-old mystery of medieval text - Phys.org
"In his peer-reviewed paper, The Language and Writing System of MS408 (Voynich) Explained, published in the journal Romance Studies, Cheshire describes how he successfully deciphered the manuscript's codex and, at the same time, revealed the only known example of proto-Romance language."
Beautiful Science art competition
"Que vous soyez scientifique en herbe ou prix Nobel, si vous aimez la science, qu'elle vous inspire, vous fait rêver : montrez-nous ses merveilles!"
Solar cell efficiency tables
Green et al (2018)
Update on the tactile black hole image:
I have now made available the printable files for prototype number 2:
This will also be the location for future updates.
Details are there, but it should be possible to print the object on most plastic-extrusion 3D printers.
There are a number of other 3D-printable scientific visualizations (and other things) available from that same location.
Photocatalysts and electron relays Show more
So there's this weird little contradiction in my work and it bugs me.
The things I work on aim to mimic the kind of photosynthesis which plants use. A molecule commonly used as an electron relay in molecular photocatalyst systems is methyl viologen. Methyl viologen is also known as paraquat, which is an industrial herbicide.
Copying plants by using a contact plant poison feels... not good. I'm hoping I can find something better to use.
Sorry, this is a total tangent, but a friend did some cool work with atomic force microscopy - molecules that looked just like DFT predicted - so I printed him up some of his data. It's fun visualizing actual data!
funding is the mindkiller 💸 Show more
So my office on campus currently has 4 people.
I was supposed to have 2 years of postdoc funding, but after a grant proposal got rejected I only have 1, and most of it is already gone.
The other postdoc got her second year of funding rejected for bullshit reasons.
The Masters student got her PhD application rejected because of bureaucracy and probably some amount of internal politics.
Needless to say, none of us are really in the mood for research right now.
Anyway, I’ve joined the Massive Science Consortium to work on improving my science communication and maybe even get paid to do so!
If you are also interested in working on sci comm, or maybe just interested in reading some science stories, here’s a link to learn about Massive Science:
(Not an ad, I’m not getting paid yet but this is definitely something I believe in)
"It was a game. A very interesting game one could play. Whenever one solved one of the little problems, one could write a paper about it. It was very easy in those days for any second rate physicist to do first-rate work. There has not been such a glorious time since. It is very difficult now for a first-rate physicist to do second-rate work."
– Paul Dirac, on the early days of quantum mechanics
📣 PSA (Please Boost)
A friendly acquaintance of mine is a trans professor at Bryn Mawr college and is co hosting the first ever Early Modern Trans Studies conference (starts tomorrow through Friday).
He was super excited about me sharing on Mastodon so def check it out if you're near the campus or in PA!
Postdoctoral Researcher's Unions Show more
Ideally, an international union for postdoctoral researchers is an idea which I find very appealing. Properly setup and managed, it could be very helpful in a world which never has enough funding to go around, where permanent faculty jobs are notoriously difficult to get. International too, because when work can be found in any country, borders have very little meaning.
I wonder how anyone could go about organising such a thing...
Postdoctoral Researcher's Unions Show more
"Until research institutions recognize the valuable contributions of postdoctoral scholars and cease to treat them as a source of inexpensive labor, the unionization of postdocs is a trend that should not be disappearing within the near future."
How Postdoctoral Scholars are Collectively Bargaining for their Welfare
sexual harassment in science Show more
"Sexual harassment is pervasive in US physics programmes"
"In a survey of women pursuing US undergraduate degrees in physics, nearly three-quarters [338 out of 455] report having experienced at least one type of sexual harassment during their science studies."
Original article (open access): https://journals.aps.org/prper/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.15.010121
Molecular physicist working on artificial photosynthesis, and trying to figure out how to repair the atmosphere. 🌍
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