Victor Oliveros joined the CHESS (Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, USA) for part of his MaMaSELF master's thesis. The CHESS is part of the joint programme MaMaSELF (Masters in Material Science Exploring Large-scale Facilities) along with Université de Rennes 1 and the Technical University of Munich in Germany. MaMaSELF is a two-year European Masters programme in materials science, built off the framework of the Erasmus Mundus programme that aims to teach the application of large scale facilities for the characterization and development of materials. Students receive general training in Rennes, then specific training in the field of polymer science in Munich, and finally they have the opportunity to put their newly acquired knowledge to practice by doing state-of-the-art experiments at CHESS.
The CHESS welcomed Victor Oliveros Colón, its first MaMaSELF student, last month. Victor went to the CHESS to study thin-film hydrogels on the D1 beamline with Staff Scientist Detlef Smilgies. Victor had studied materials science in his native homeland Spain before joining the MaMaSELF programme, with training at Rennes and Munich, where he started to work on a specific project in the group of Professor Christine M. Papadakis.
Through MaMaSELF, Victor has been able to tour other large facilities in Europe, even getting the chance to participate in some research at SINQ, the Swiss Spallation Neutron Source. However, Victor did not realize the impact working at a large facility such as CHESS could have on his career until he was able to start his individual research.
“It is not that common to have your own beamtime to analyze a project, and being able to come to CHESS, and having Detlef here to guide me through the process is an invaluable experience that not that many people can have,” says Victor.
More about Victor's experience at the CHESS can be found here.