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Amanda  PhD 2018-2020 👩🏼‍🎓 🔬🎨🏺 Organic Chemist in Cultural Heritage Conservation

The creatives’ approach to writing a scientific research proposal —> cut it all out & stick it on the wall. Sometimes the computer 💻 screen just isn’t big enough and I’m not nerd 🤓 enough to have multiple screens 🖥 🖥 🖥 😉

I was talking to some colleagues about job options as a friend is considering her options after #PhdLife. I think forensic forgery of artwork 🖼 would be great for me, even if most of the work might be piecing together shredded documents 📝. Sounds like fun. 🙌 what’s your post PhD plans?

Portable XRF Training. When my certificate comes through I’ll be the go to girl for paint analysis in the Conservation department. 1 year exposure 24/7 of pXRF radiation = the equivalent of a CT scan. #knowledge

Preparation of acetylsalicylic acid, salicylic acid and caffeine standards.

You’ve heard of “kids say the darndest things”, well students say them too. I’m sure I have been one of those students so no shame.

While studying aspirin in class, a student asked if it was real, when I replied “yes”, they asked if they could have some since they had a headache 🤕
“Umm, No it is no advised to ingest laboratory chemicals”, even if they are prescription the chemist labelled the tablets as ‘laboratory use only’.

What strange things have students asked you in the lab?

Supposedly I am the GCMS expert. 🧐😝🤪#GCMSfeels

Back Titration of aspirin. The first is before, second is the end point and the third is an over shot of the end point.

From Open Day at the University of Canberra. Taking fingerprints, identifying blood samples and telling people all about the forensic course. Not that I’d know 🤣🤷‍♀️ Ecology had their snakes 🐍 out too so I got to play with them. So many fun things happening this year.

#FBF The welcome dinner for new PhD students. My colleague and I scored an extra invite since we aren’t technically new, now that we are a few months in. This meal was so yum and I got to meet the new science and heritage HDR’s.

Thin Layer Chromatography from Analytical Chemistry students in my lab yesterday. The students are working on a project investigating the concentration of aspirin in different medicine tablets using all the analytical techniques we have learnt thus far.
I am thinking TLC would be great for investigating oil paint compositions used in paintings. #paintingconservation

3MT - Three Minute Thesis. 80,000 words of our PhD research and why it matters condensed into 3 minutes.
No placing for me but maybe next year.

The ACT Heritage Symposium was held a few weeks ago where I spoke about my research. It’s always good to get that public speaking opportunity.

Column Chromatography separating Potassium Permanganate (KMnO4) & Potassium Dichromate (K2Cr2O7), eluted with Nitric Acid (HNO3) and Sulfuric Acid (H2SO4) respectively.
This semester has been so busy. Currently I’m a TA for Analytical Chemistry. One of the students filmed this time lapse from this weeks lab. So fun to watch. 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬

The arrival of brand new lab ware just for me and experimenting is so exciting. 😁

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