Nikoletta Tsiarta (ESR14) Each language has its alphabet, and this is what shapes the words and, consequently, the sentences, the paragraphs, and in general, the way of expressing ourselves. Words are essential to make ourselves understood. We, as scientists, need to find the right ones to communicate...

Nebojša Ilić (ESR13) Hello again! In my previous blog post, I introduced you to a family of chemicals (PFAS) that have been around since the 1960s and proven to be harmful in the late 1990s. These “forever chemicals” have been accumulating in the water bodies all...

Michele Ponzelli (ESR12) If at the end of my master’s degree, they had asked me if I would prefer to continue my studies, I would have answered with a sharp no. I felt that I had studied enough, and I wanted to finally put into practice what...

Marina Gutierrez (ESR11) “Contrary to the fashion in most prefaces, I will not add that “all mistakes and shortcomings are entirely my responsibility.” That is sheer bourgeois subjectivism. Responsibility in matters of these sorts is always collective, especially with regard to the remedying of shortcomings.” Walter Rodney,...

Francis dela Rosa (ESR10) Hi readers! It’s my blog contribution time again. Camilo (ESR 8), Sabrina (ESR 9), and I (ESR 10) have similar topics that are related to photocatalysis, and they both already gave great explanations in their blog contributions. The main difference among our studies...

Sabrina de Boer (ESR9) The development of the magnetic levitation (maglev) train in Germany could be denounced as a failure. Billions were invested in creating a faster and more efficient way of transportation. In the end, it was not applied in Europe. Not because it was...

Camilo Sánchez (ESR8) Have you ever noticed how some objects change their properties when they are left under the Sun? For example, when a newspaper is exposed to sunlight for several days, it becomes yellowish. This remarkable process is called photodecomposition, which means that a substance is...

Barbara Kalebić (ESR7) Every day, we are faced with the significant progress of humanity, achieving a better quality of life with more straightforward, safer, and longer living. As a consequence, science has to deal with many new and more complex problems that require an urgent finding...

Danilo Bertagna(ESR6) All of the fellows in NOWELTIES are working hard on cutting-edge technologies of water treatment. Specifically, in my case, I should study the applicability of UV-LED photocatalysis for the degradation of organic micropollutants and develop optimized photoreactor designs to further reduce energy expenses. By...

Barbara Topolovec (ESR5) I was in the lab, with my eyes fixed on my sample. At first, nothing happened, but after a few minutes, I saw them: red, yellow, and some blue spots. I repeated two more times the same experiment; my brain couldn't believe what my...