07 Apr Pablo Darninge, intern at Carbon Waters
Focus on materials recycling
This training gave me a global vision of chemistry and its trends. It also confirmed my interest in formulation and materials science.
I then continued my studies with a bachelor’s program in formulation of dispersed media, in Bordeaux. This degree allowed me to focus on formulation while leaving the door open for the field of materials.
In order to reconcile these two areas of interest, I then began a master’s in chemistry, Advanced Materials Innovative Recycling, to pursue my studies in materials R&D. This European master’s degree allowed me to do my second year at the University of Darmstadt, in Germany.
In addition to this international dimension, particularly suitable since I am considering a career abroad, this master’s is also oriented toward the themes of recycling and sustainable development, which are close to my heart.
Sharing the same values
For my professional project, I wanted to work in a start-up. And I’m happy with the adventure: I find this experience rewarding because relationships between members are very close, we pay significant attention to my work, and it encourages me and pushes me to give more of myself to develop the business.
I was particularly interested in the graphene technology from Carbon Waters. It allows you to work on a wide range of materials.
I was fascinated by this very innovative type of graphene that is hardly mentioned in the literature.
And to top it all, the sustainable development orientation that Carbon Waters offers was something I really liked, because it was in line with my training and my values.
It was for all of these reasons that I joined the Carbon Waters team.
Working on graphene-based coatings
The subject of my internship concerns the properties of graphene in an anticorrosion coating. I have to use impedance measurement techniques combined with salt spray tests to determine the effectiveness of graphene in corrosive media.
When the first semester of 2020 was disrupted, I was able to experience the home-office and show my adaptation skills.
This particular period allowed me to increase my knowledge of the applications of graphene and its anticorrosion and thermal properties. I also had the opportunity to participate in writing bibliographic reports on these subjects.
This will help me a lot in setting up laboratory experiments for the rest of my internship.
It is also a good training school for the future because working with PhDs allows me to acquire the basic techniques to carry out research. This is a significant advantage for me, since I want to pursue a PhD in the field of materials.