1. National EPR Research Facility & Service, Manchester 31/01 - 01/02/2012
My first introduction to Electrochemical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, which I have elegantly shortened to EC-EPR. A good insight to what it takes and what is required to record an EPR spectrum of electrochemically generated species. And also the only time anyone has taught me to do EC-EPR. So Thank You is in order!
The very first ECEPR spectrum recorded at the University of Warwick (unless someone has done experiments behind my back) was obtained by using the cell they taught me to build in Manchester. Reference to their paper where the cell design is described:
Murray, P. R. et al., Journal of Magnetic Resonance 2011, 213, 206-209.
2. The 6th EFEPR Winter School on Advanced EPR Spectroscopy, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel 12/01 - 18/01/2013
Visit to Israel in the middle of the darkest winter is not a bad idea. The level of speakers was impressive and the whole experience helped to understand the potential of EPR beyond my X-band continuous wave room temperature solution phase work. After becoming an uncle the next best thing during the year 2013!!
I presented my first poster, titled: "Loop Gap Resonators in Electrochemical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance".
3. The 46th Annual International Meeting of the ESR Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, University of Warwick 07/04 - 11/04/2013
My second poster presentation, titled: "Electrochemical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Utilising Microelectrodes and Loop Gap Resonators". I had managed to acquire some preliminary results with my new setup, so it was exciting to promote them to the fellow scientists. A lot of work remains ahead though...
4. Third Annual Meeting of the St. Andrews Centre of Magnetic Resonance, St. Andrews 10/06 - 11/06/2013
The stay at St. Andrews brilliant. The place could not be more idyllic. I made a presentation about my research, titled: "Electrochemical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Utilizing Micro-Electrodes and Loop Gap Resonators". It went quite well. Introducing electrochemistry to physicists was a good experience, and really tested my skills and knowledge, as few of the questions following the talk were rather challenging. Being the only one at Warwick doing electrochemical EPR I don't get to talk about my research to magnetic resonance audience too often, so a good experience all and all.
And we played mini-golf and I think I actually beat Matthew!! Might have been because of my way of bookkeeping though...
5. The 47th Annual International Meeting of the ESR Spectroscopy Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, University of Dundee 06/04 - 10/04/2014
Another talk with a title: "Electrochemical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Utilizing Microelectrodes and Loop Gap Resonators". The talk was under JEOL prize talks category and I got a second prize for my effort. Finally I'm starting to have reproducible results from my setup, which I can hopefully publish in due course.
Scotland is an awesome place. We went to white water rafting at river Tay, which was an interesting experience to say the least . The electrochemical EPR group also has a LOGO now. The group consists of only me at the moment, but maybe it will grow one day.
Afterwards there was also an iMR-CDT Research Conference in Dundee (11-12/04/2014) where I gave the same talk as in the RSC ESR meeting.
6. The Integrated Magnetic Resonance Centre for Doctoral Training Research Conference, University of Warwick 14/04 - 16/04/2015
Oral presentation with a title: "Quantitative Electrochemical Electron Paramagnetic Resonance - some of the problems". I've spent the last half a year looking into the theory of quantitative EPR and the challenges it imposes towards quantification in EC-EPR. I think I have most of the problems figured out, and hopefully get a paper published on this theme.
Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Magnetic Resonance - The Workshops
The course I enrolled to also has a taught component to it. I've completed the following modules during my PhD:
- Magnetic Resonance Hardware
- Data Analysis and Image Processing
- Magnetic Resonance Theory I
- Experimental Design
- Project Managing Your Research
- Enterprise and Entrepeneurship
- Advanced Topics in MRI
- Advanced Topics in EPR and DNP
- Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
- Magnetic Resonance Theory II.
I've participated to the journal club meetings by the Warwick Electrochemistry & Interfaces Diamond Group throughout my PhD. In these informal meetings different electrochemical and boron doped diamond electrochemistry related topics are discussed via recent and relevant publications by other research groups around the world.
My contribution has been for example to diccuss electrochemistry under external magnetic fields, concepts of EPR and challenges in it's application to electrochemistry, impedance etc.
A significant part of my understanding of electrochemistry comes from these meetings, as asking questions and participation to discussion is encouraged.
Putting in St. Andrews
White Water Rafting, river Tay, Dundee