27 May Pablo Darninge, intern at Carbon Waters
Focus on materials recycling
This training allowed me to have 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 professional bachelor in Formulation of Dispersed Media, in Bordeaux. This bachelor allowed me to focus on the formulation while leaving the door open for the field of materials.
In order to reconcile these two areas of interest, I then joined the Master of Chemistry, Advanced Materials & Innovative Recycling to pursue on materials R&D.
This European Master-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 consider a career abroad, this master is also oriented on 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 startup. 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 boosts me and pushes me to give myself more to develop the business.
I was particularly interested in the Graphene technology from Carbon Waters. Its allows you to work on a wide range of materials.
I was fascinated by this very innovative type of graphene that is very little found 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 is for all 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 medias.
The first semester of 2020 having been disrupted, I was able to experience home-office and show adaptation skills.
This particular time allowed me to increase my knowledge on 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 doctors, this allows me to acquire the basics to carry out research works. This is a significant advantage for me who wishes to pursue with a PhD in the field of materials.