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Remya Nair: Working with membranes

When I was asked to write about something for the blog, I was quite puzzled as to where to begin. I thought I should start writing about my experience when I first came to Norway. When I came here, I was amazed by the serene natural beauty and the wonderful culture. However, what amazed me the most is the friendly nature of the people.

Remya Nair, PhD, The National IOR Centre of Norway

 Back to the research, first, I would like to express my gratitude to the National IOR Centre of Norway for giving me an opportunity to do the research at University of Stavanger. Frankly speaking, I came to know more about the National IOR Centre during the team building at Hjelmeland. Since I am from a different department, I did not get good chances to meet people from IPT. The gathering at Hjelmeland was a great opportunity to learn about the current researches undergoing with the centre. It also greatly helped me to know people better, made new friends, together by enjoying the great food and the entertainment.

I started my PhD last May. I already made a plan as to how to organise my research work. Now everything is in place, started on experiments and writing papers. As I am familiar with the study system here at UiS, it was not very difficult for me to get in the right track.

Regarding my PhD work, I am working with membranes, which actually means a lot of work with seawater. My project is mainly focused on modifying the ionic composition of seawater. When I read more about membranes and how well they could be modified for different purposes is amazing. During the last summer holidays, I got a chance to present my research at an international conference in Singapore. During the 4-day conference, I got a chance to meet many professors from around the world. It was great to listen to their inspirational ideas, which I actually can imply in my research.

Also almost after seven months of starting my PhD, I am currently busy with my courses and writing research papers. Working with seawater and membranes is very interesting and  have many exciting experiments to look forward.