During the month of July, I had the privilege of interning at Queen Mary University of London, specifically at the Resmini Lab within the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences. During my time at the lab, I had the pleasure of working closely with Davide Mazzali (ESR 9), benefiting from his knowledge in synthesizing acrylate monomers as precursor materials and subsequently transforming them into nanogels using their well-established free radical dilution polymerization technique.

Furthermore, I received comprehensive training in characterizing these nanogels, employing a variety of techniques such as UV spectrophotometry, 1H-NMR, and dynamic light scattering.

Beyond the academic experience, my one-month stay in London was not confined to the laboratory. I had the wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues from the lab and explore the vibrant city of London, one of Europe’s most popular destinations.

I am delighted to announce that my time in the Resmini lab has cultivated an ongoing collaboration between my host institute, Contipro a.s. in the Czech Republic, and Queen Mary University of London. Stay tuned for further details on this exciting collaboration, which will be shared soon!

Finally, I am thankful to Professor Marina Resmini for the opportunity to intern in her lab.

Seth during his secondment @ QMUL