This podcast will be discussing scientific studies with various researchers from around the world in the Chemistry and Polymer Science fields. We will be bringing current research to your attention that can influence and improve the quality of our daily lives.
We are your hosts, Dr Alicia Botes and Jacob Schekman. Alicia have received her PhD in Chemistry and Polymer Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and is currently working as an Electron Microscope analyst at the Central Analytical Facility. Jacob is a PhD candidate in Polymer Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi, United States of America.
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Episode 34: Dr Mapula Razwinani talks about plant-based bandages with medicinal features
Today I spoke to Dr Mapula about patents, polymers in wound healing treatment, medicinal plants and empowering women in science particularly in Africa. She is a warm, kind and self driven biomedical researcher and entrepreneur with comprehensive accomplishment in clinical research and tissue engineering.
Please check her page on LinkedIn:
And see her award as L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS South Africa National Young Talent 2023:
You can read more about her work here:
Episode 33: Dr. Boran ”Bo” Ma discusses computational modeling in polymers, comedy in science, and living in Hattiesburg
Dr. Boran “Bo” Ma established the Ma Research Lab in January 2023 in the School of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining the SPSE, Dr. Bo was a postdoctoral associate at Duke University. She received her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 2019 and her BEng in Materials Science and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2014. Now the Ma Research Lab focuses on multiscale computational modeling and simulation of polymeric material systems for energy and sustainability applications.
Ma Research Lab webpage: https://www.maresearchlab.com/
Episode 32: Gregory Parisi tells us more about adaptable Fog water collection using switchable electrospun fibers
Today we are talking to Gregory Parisi about harvesting water in variable humidity conditions studying specifically the wetting properties of electrospun polymer materials. Gregory is a PhD student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked as a Fulbright fellow at the AGH-UST Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science in Poland with Urszula Stachewicz, a previous guest on our show.
Please see the link below to the study group that he joined in Poland:
Hope you enjoy this episode!
Episode 31: Adam Hecht from Dive Design on 3D printing prosthesis for dogs and more
In this episode we talk to Adam Hecht, Co-Founder, Designer and Director of Additive Manufacturing at DiveDesign. He tells us more about what goes into running a 3D company and all the products that they are currently making. He also have some amazing collaborations and interesting projects, from turning trash from the ocean into furniture to helping disabled ducks, dogs and even a Elephant!
Hope you enjoy the conversation!
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Episode 30: Dr Aurelien Forget speaks about a wonderful new Free Radical Polymerization game that is for everyone
In this episode we listen to Dr Aurelien Forget talk about his work and research interests. He also shares details about a fun and educative card game that he developed called Macromolecular Games: A Free Radical Polymerization Card Game. This card game is made for anyone that wish to understand polymerization and can even be customized with you own logo or tag that you would like displayed on the cards (great for companies and Universities).
The aim of this game is to form polymer chains with the higher molecular weight. Only terminated polymer chains are counted.
The set is composed of two card decks each with 55 cards. The decks contain four monomers, four special cards: copolymer, termination, SFRP and CTA. It can be played competitively with friends, colleagues or family (with no Polymer Science Background)!
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We would love to know what you think about the game, so please leave a comment if you have played it! And share this episode if you like it!
Episode 29: Dr. Tristan Clemons discusses soft-matter therapeutics, peptide synthesis, and field hockey
Dr. Tristan Clemons discusses soft-matter therapeutics, protein synthesis, and field hockey