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Two-months trainings

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M. Kašiarova/P. Tatarko at IMSNCSR

One training of two-months for young researcher from IMRSAS at IMSNCSR was divided into two trainings (one month each). The reason was to use possibility to train not only one, but two young researchers on the beginning of the RP-DEMATEN project and prepare them for the future activities. It is important to add that both researcher were at IMSNSR in the same time, what additionally make the training easyer for organizers and Ph.D. students. It is important to underline that the same amount of money, allocated for the two-months training for one researcher, will be used to cover all costs for two researchers (J. Kašiarova and P. Tatarko).

The first month – J. Kašiarova at IMSNCSR

Monika Kašiarová (junior researcher) from Institute of Materials Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Košice, Slovak Republic visited the Institute of Materials Science, National Center for Scientific Research „Demokritos“, Athens, Greece, for one-month training and education (from 6th of April to 30th of April, 2010) within the Mobility and training activity (WP 1).

Dr. Evagelia Moshopoulou coordinated all activities and training which took place at Demokritos. Her experiences in the field of the structural characterization of materials were very usefull for the evaluation of diffraction patterns of Si3N4-SiC micro-nanocomposites sintered with various rare earth oxide additives. X-ray analysis had been done at Laboratory of Crystallography where all crystalline grain boundary phases presented in the studied materials were established.

The main part of training was organized and done by Dr. Konstantinos P. Giannakopoulos who is a member of the Electron Microscopy Lab. Monika Kašiarová was trained for TEM preparation of ceramic thin foils for transmission electron microscopy, especially for ion beam etching apparatus. Prepared samples were observed in TEM (Philips CM20). M. Kašiarová had chance to be trained also in magnetometry using SQUID.

Dr. Konstantinos P. Giannakopoulos showed her also equipments of others laboratories at the Institute, so she had global view of research activities at Institute of Materials Science.


The second month – P. Tatarko at IMSNCSR

Peter Tatarko (PhD student) from Institute of Materials Research, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice, Slovak republic visited the Institute of Materials Science, National Center for Scientific Research „Demokritos“, Athens, Greece, for one-month training and education (from 6th of April to 30th of April, 2010) within the Mobility and training activity (WP 1).

Dr. Evagelia Moshopoulou was his supervisor and she organized all his activities and training at the Institute. Peter Tatarko also cooperated with senior researcher Dr. Konstantinos P. Giannakopoulos who operates a Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) at the Institute.

His one-month stay was mainly focused on the training in preparation of ceramic samples for observations by transmission electron microscopy. Peter Tatarko used an ion-milling machine at the Institute for quite a long time to prepare his sample which he was interesting to observe by TEM. The samples were silicon nitride-silicon carbide micro/nano-composites sintered with different rare-earth oxide sintering additives.

Except TEM training and observations, Peter Tatarko also measured elastic modulus of his samples by ultrasonic method at the Institute. He also estimated the secondary grain-boundaries phases of the specimens by X-ray analysis method.

During his stay, P. Tatarko had chance to work with some new computer programs for structural and functional characterization, and also to get in touch with some rare issues of journals in the Institute library.

Dr. Moshopoulou showed him several others laboratories at the Institute, so student saw what else the scientific groups from the Institute are interested for.