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Amanda  PhD 2018-2020 πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“ πŸ”¬πŸŽ¨πŸΊ Organic Chemist in Cultural Heritage Conservation

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 πŸ€£πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ 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. πŸ‘©β€πŸ”¬πŸ‘¨β€πŸ”¬

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

I took a wrong turn and found this little fella, a Spinifex Hopping Mouse 🐭
Since I have official changed faculties from Cultural Heritage to Forensics I don't pass the cultural halls often which are directly below Forensics so when I took a wrong turn I was pleasantly surprised to see this little fella who I dabbled with years ago. He is now proudly on display along with other taxidermy rodents ha ha 😁

As Co-chair for this years R&D Topics 2018 conference, I am delighted to announce confirmation of conference dates for 2-5 December, 2018. The event will be held at University of Canberra and is a great chance for students and researchers in the Analytical and environmental chemistry field to get together and share their work. The conference is run under the guidance of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). So if you're in Australia (or wish to travel) and a student researcher in #enviro and #analchem this is a great conference to attend.
P.S Peep that final logo design 😳A combined effort by my co-chair Matt and I. I'm always finding ways to slip art into my science, a result of multidisciplinary influences. Comment if you can recognise the influence behind the logo?
Visit www.rndtopics.com for more info.

Brushing shoulders with greatness this arvo and promoting the awesome course that is Cultural Heritage Conservation at UC. The Vice Chancellor popped in for a visit to our conservation lab to check out the on going work we do.

Checkout this amazing conservation work by @bec_negri. Varnish cleaning of a 1930's portrait. I'm blown away by the results. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Have you ever noticed the smell of Autumn πŸ‚ I love Canberra's colder months.

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