The Summer Student programme is on the way. After the first two weeks, I have had the opportunity to discover, not only my project, but also, the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world, and to discover a country and an unknown city to me until now.
The title of the project is “Synthesis and tomographic analysis of metallic cellular materials”. The aim of this project is to produce cellular materials of titanium and magnesium with different percentages of porosity and different size of pores, which have potential applications in the replacement of hard tissue.
To succeed in this project, I am learning how to produce these samples using powder metallurgical compaction process and the tomography technique which is totally new for me. After that, using different software such as Avizo® and Matlab®, we can study the distribution and the real percentage of the porosity and the roughness of the pores in our samples.
Figure 1: Process of reconstruction of a tomography via X-rays
On the other hand, every now and then we have different activities with all the colleagues of the Summer Student Programme. The first activity we did was a workshop of communication where Dr. Antonia Rötger was focussed on the importance of communication in science. She also gave us some examples and tips to improve our skills in this topic.
Another exciting activity was the visit to the BESSY II. In that visit, we were amazed about the idea of being in such an important research facility and the different fields in which the synchrotron can have applications such as renewable energies, storage of information and even in museums.
Figure 2: Julio Guzmán in the control room
The Summer Student Programme 2018 has just begun, and we have still many adventures to live the next weeks!