Everybody in this centre is super cool. Something I wish for all the workplaces around the globe, to be surrounded by similar people. As a scientist you need to have a free and peaceful mind to be able to work. This is one of the goodies you get here by working with so many nice and helpful people.
When I first came to Norway, I was amazed with the culture, people and its insanely beautiful nature. You never get bored here! If you are a mountain person, here is the best place to be in, if you love the water, like me, here is the right place to be in and if you like spending time in the woods, again here is made for that. And of course, let's not forgetting the Ski lovers. They know how good this country can be for them too. So, since I'm planning to summarise all I get by living in Norway , I have to stop here otherwise this can go on and on and on.
About my super exciting project, I should start with when I've become lucky to be chosen to work in the IOR centre. That was January 2015. I'm financed and supported by the IOR center, and work at the Oslo university, in Physics department. (I forgot to say that I'm a physicist). My project is focused on measuring the interaction between two calcite surfaces in aqueous environment in nanoscale. There are many unanswered questions about the mechanical behaviour of calcite crystals as they're exposed with different Brines (salt solutions). This is believed that can be found by looking into the crystal behaviour down to the very tiny scale, nanoscale. Since chalk is the main substrate found in the oil reservoir in the Nord sea, studying the chalk dynamical , chemical and mechanical properties is very demanding here , in order to help the oil industry to improve the oil recovery. I should add this fact, that chalk contains almost 99% calcite, that's why when we talk about chalk, calcite is the main mineral comes in mind straight after.
I use two experimental methods to pursue the goal of my project. One is using the Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and the other one is Surface Force Apparatus (SFA). These two techniques can lead us to measure the nano-scale force between two calcite grains in contact. If you want to know more about the SFA technique, you can check some works done by Prof. Jacob Israelachvili . Otherwise, wait a bit longer for my publications ;)
P.S. my name is too hard for almost everybody to pronounce! I chose this nickname to make my colleagues lives easier, but would be thrilled with hearing my name from them one day :)