Whether you pursue an Honours thesis, Master’s, or PhD, you will definitely need to make an oral presentation to your group, or a broader audience, at some point. When you become aware of this, the first thing you need to determine is the time allotment you’ll have, including questions. Make sure you are clear on that: is it 15 minutes total or 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions? There are a number of good tips in this document: Stuart Prescott’s Presentation guidelines
Doing a PhD is a singularly personal pursuit, and fields differ greatly in their standards, but a common factor is often the ease with which a student can become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task at hand. This often makes it hard for them to take a pragmatic approach and keep some distance between their project and their identity/self-esteem. Back at the dawn of the Internet, when I did my PhD, my supervisor gave everyone a much-circulated copy of his rules for PhD students.
Writing is a part of any honours or PhD project, and it usually models itself on published scientific works like journal articles. Everyone has a different style and approach, but one thing you will always hear from me is to START WRITING EARLY. Beginning researchers almost always assume they should wait until they are done all experiments before beginning writing, but you should start as soon as possible. This is because writing requires organization to form a narrative.
Image processing saves a LOT of time in your research, but we can’t always rely on the default menu choices to do everything, even in fantastic software like ImageJ. One need of microfluidics researchers is the separate size analysis of spherical (circular in 2D) droplets that are very similar in size but are mostly touching. Most image analysis approaches require you to have separate particles in your sample before they can be automatically identified during processing, so to analyze an image like the one below we need to perform some extra pre-processing steps.
At the core of much of your work in this group is the handling of data in the form of digital images. Image processing is therefore data processing. This is great for a number of reasons: Images immediately communicate a concept and aesthetic to people Images are numerical matrices that hold a LOT of useful information Combining several images makes a movie, a natural way to convey change with time and other variables Even if you have no experience processing digital images, you likely have experience making them using your phone.
Hi there! Welcome to the revamped Nonequilibrium.com AKA SoftMatterHacker.com! What was once a single page CV for an industrial researcher, now serves as the web site for an academic group researching complex fluid microstructures and flows. The site archives our Publications, notifies you of News, and shares tips and techniques from our work in a sort of Wiki that is tagged based on content. The site also lists current, new, and past projects of the group for interested students and collaborators to get an idea of what we are doing and where we could do some work together.
Don’t just visit our lab for the awesome view: We also have a wide array of equipment capability for characterisation, study, and experimentation with complex fluid products and materials. Rheometers TA Instruments 1500EX TA Instruments Discovery Hybrid Solid mechanics TA Instruments Q800 DMA Microscopes Leica DM2500M fluorescent, DIC reflected and transmitted, and polarized Leica DMLB phase contrast, darkfield, polarised Leica Wild M3C stereoscope Leica S6D trinocular macro inspection scope Leica S6E binocular macro inspection scope Leica EL600 mercury light source for fluorescence imaging Olympus reflected and transmitted Olympus metallurgical stereo Olympus metallurgical mono Nikon Labophot Nikon Optiphot with reflected and transmitted DIC, polarised light Motic AE31 inverted scope (3) Microscope stages Mettler FP82 heating/cooling stage.
Now that I’ve been here a while I do what I can to get other people to experience Australia. I’ve had a lot of visitors and have put together a FAQ that I supplement with each visit and experience. The New York Times did something similar recently, with a nice frugal spin, see what they said. General facts Sydney is a very safe city, only thing to watch is kids crossing the street but crime is non-violent and limited.
We are the Complex Fluids Group at UNSW. Fluids containing small amounts of colloids, polymers, and surfactants can exhibit highly non-ideal behaviour with fascinating dynamics. Complex fluids are a key part of most major products and manufacturing processes. Our group uses advanced imaging and rheology techniques to understand fundamental properties of complex fluid components, specifically: shape, structure, and flow. Shape - Particle shape affects advanced material strength, reactivity, and biological uptake.