|My very own official IMEC lab notebook!|
Surfactants are like detergents that help lower surface tension between liquids, in this case oil and water. They help the droplets keep their shape so that reactions can be run in each droplet separately. After testing several surfactants, I have moved on to working with a more complex device which aims to run reverse transcription and polymerase chain reactions in droplets.
Though my work back at Johns Hopkins also deals with running reactions in droplets, I am more used to working with a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) platform for microfluidic chips. It has already been a great experience working in the Imec labs, as well as enduring a very steep learning curve.
Outside of the lab, I still get the opportunity to interact with my coworkers. Last Sunday, two of my colleagues at Imec hosted a musical concert, complete with a 5 piece brass, drums, and a singer. I really enjoyed seeing my coworkers out of the Imec environment and the concert was extremely fun!
|Celebration in Oude Markt after Belgian win over Algeria.|