Two SOLARIS scientists are winners of the MINIATURA 6 grant
Dr. Anna Mandziak and Dr. Karolina Kosowska have become winners of the sixth edition of the MINIATURA competition, funded by the National Science Center. The first of them will use the grant for preliminary research in the area of optimization of the growth process of gadolinium-doped magnetite thin films. The second researcher will take a month-long internship and further develop the four-polarization method using O-PTIR microscopy.
The MINIATURA competition offers funding from PLN 500 to PLN 50,000. The money can be used for preliminary research, pilot research, an internship, or a trip to a foreign institution for research consultation. The competition is aimed at scientists with a doctoral degree, obtained not earlier than in 2010, who have not yet led the implementation of research projects from NCN.
MINIATURA is a research grant awarded to start research project or gain experience that can be used in applying for subsequent, larger Polish, or European grants.
As many as 15 researchers from Jagiellonian University were included in the ranking list, including two from SOLARIS.
Optimization and development of a method for imaging the orientation of 3D macromolecules - crystallization of polymers under different conditions
Dr. Karolina Kosowska has received funding in the amount of PLN 24,894 for a research internship at the SOLEIL synchrotron (France). The internship supervisor will be Dr. Ferenc Borondics, with whom the CIRI beamline team has been collaborating for many months. One of the fruits of this collaboration was a recent publication in JACS (Journal of the American Chemical Society) titled: "Super-resolved 3D mapping of molecular orientation with vibrational techniques". Dr. Kosowska's award-winning project focuses on the continuation of the research described in the publication. The scientist will use the effect of photothermal expansion of the sample to obtain IR spectra with submicrometer resolution.
"The main goal of the internship is to further develop the method of four polarizations combined with simultaneous analysis of the orientation of two non-parallel dipole moment vectors for imaging the orientation of molecules in three-dimensional space using O-PTIR microscopy with a spatial resolution of several hundred nanometers." - says Dr. Karolina Kosowska, a scientist at CIRI beamline.
Optimizing the properties of thin magnetite films (Fe3O4) doped with gadolinium (Gd)
Dr. Anna Mandziak will conduct pilot studies to optimize the growth process of thin films of gadolinium-doped magnetite. Research will be carried out at the SOLARIS synchrotron on the DEMETER beamline. The main objective is to find such parameters of the growth process of thin films of the magnetite compound, so that the produced structures have the best possible physical properties. The researcher will perform preliminary characterization of the prepared samples using the LEEM/PEEM (Low Energy Electron Microscopy, PhotoEmission Electron Microscope) on the DEMETER beamline. The project received a funding of 48,540 PLN.
From left Dr. Karolina Kosowska, Dr. Anna Mandziak. Photo by Joanna Kowalik