• Question: whats your favourite thing to do in your work

    Asked by 688xygg27 to Gavin, Mark, Michel, Roisin on 16 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Gavin Coleman

      Gavin Coleman answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      Getting TEM pictures of my nanoparticles. Here’s an example of some of the shaped particles my research group makes from gold

      I think it’s so cool that we have the technology to get a picture of something that’s otherwise unseeable

    • Photo: Mark Kennedy

      Mark Kennedy answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      My favourite thing I do in work is eating cake. Every week, a different person in the lab bakes a cake. This weeks was a chocolate cake (http://imgur.com/a/xeYiT).

      On a serious note, my favourite thing is looking at new data. There is something very exciting about looking at data on an object and knowing that no one has ever seen it before, and that it’s something new.

    • Photo: Roisin Jones

      Roisin Jones answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      I am so jealous of that cake, it looks amazing! We need to institute weekly cake in my lab!

      I think my favourite thing to do is to sit down with the data from reactions and figuring out what happened in my reaction, and my absolute favourite thing is when the data works out and tells me that my reaction worked the way it should!

    • Photo: Michel Destrade

      Michel Destrade answered on 16 Nov 2016:

      My favourite thing in research is when I finally solve an equation that has been bugging me a long time, and the results align with the experiments. Feels great!

      My favourite thing in teaching is when I really get into a topic and I realise that all the students are listening and understanding. It’s an amazing feeling when it happens! Once I was teaching Maths for Business to 400 students (!), and usually I’m lucky if 200 hundred pay attention. But that time I said: this is a difficult concept but if you stay with me for the next 15 minutes, you will understand it, and they all listened and nodded. Later they all got that part right in the exam, so I knew that it had worked!