Everything in free flow...
Young researchers of the LRC met for the second LRC summer school in Dortmund
The second summer school for young researchers of the LRC took place from April 24th until 27th 2017 in Dortmund. It was organized by the team around junior research group leader Erik Freier at the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS).
The young scientists from the five groups of the LRC gained an insight into analytical technologies for the Multi-Parameter analysis of biological materials. The ISAS combines professional expertise from chemistry, biology, physics and informatics to develop novel analytical methods. Thus, interdisciplinarity is daily practice at the ISAS and so the young scientists coming from the fields of chemistry, physics, biotechnology and materials sciences have been left in experts hands. They learned about coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (CARS) and Free Flow Elektrophoresis (FFE) in practical experiments. Erik Freier and Dirk Janasek, scientists at the ISAS, taught the theoretical backgrounds of spectroscopy and electrophoresis in seminar lectures.
This year's summer school supported again mainly the interdisciplinary collaboration and the joint work on one goal. In particular, for non-specialist participants the understanding of the tasks – in this case of the junior research group “Analysis and Reaction characterization“ - is critical for their own work and for the proverbial view beyond one`s own nose. Notably, doctoral students benefit from the summer school, to extend their own horizon and learn about analytical technologies.
For Johann Kufs, Biotechnologist and doctoral student of the junior research group at the Leibniz HKI in Jena, the summer school was a real enrichment. “It was very helpful to learn about the details of the scientific practice in the other groups. Thus, I could better understand critical processes and limitations in the fields of microfluidics and spectroscopy. This supports mainly the interdisciplinary cooperation, because the communication is simplified through the basic knowledge just taught in each discipline.” He was particularly fascinated by the FFE: “I wondered already since a while, how we will separate educts and products in or after the reactor. The FFE seems to me a good solution.“
The Polymer scientist Max Männel is doing his doctorate in the junior research group at the Leibniz-IPF in Dresden and could intensify his theoretical knowledge from his chemistry studies, particularly about Raman spectroscopy. „I was especially excited about the CARS setup for the spectroscopic measurements. It was very interesting to see, which information can be wormed out of a sample by the means of CARS. Up to now I knew only the theoretical background of CARS and discussed from time to time with Paul Ebersbach, doctoral student at the ISAS. Thus, it was very instructive to do CARS measurements by my own hands and see them “live”, so to speak.“ In addition to the technical contents, he especially liked the way of interaction between participants. “Since I could not take part in the summer school last year, I didn`t have much contact to other doctoral researchers and postdocs. This has fundamentally changed since this year`s summer school.“ Moreover, it was a lot of fun, not only for these two young researchers.
At the end of the summer school all five junior research group leaders met to design a concept for a first functional model of their cooperation, the so called Common Demonstrator, and to plan next concrete steps.
The next summer school will take place from April 25th to 27th 2018 at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle (Saale), immediately following the Leibniz Conference on Bioactive Compounds 2018 organised by the Leibniz Research Alliance “Bioactive Compounds and Biotechnology”. The participants will gain an insight into the promiscuity analysis and biocatalytic characterization of enzymes. Apart from this, they will learn about the chemistry of enzymatic C-C bond formation and H-C hydroxylation.
The junior research group “Analysis and Reaction characterization“, headed by Erik Freier in Dortmund, develops the analytics for the microfluidic device, in which molecular bricks for more complex chemical molecules are synthesized. Quantitative measurements of complex metabolites and enzyme activities in smallest amounts of liquid can be realized online during the synthesis.