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Fun and selfies are part of the day as well as a lot of research. Here Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner poses together with Christian Merten, another RESOLV scientist. © RUB, Marquard
During the daily walk through the laboratories there is time for conversations with the employees: Here with Christopher Schwarz © RUB, Marquard
Jan-Alina Zur tests the efficiency of a new catalyst. © RUB, Marquard
Christopher Schwarz measures a sample using NMR spectroscopy to determine the yield of a catalyzed chemical reaction. © RUB, Marquard
The result is spit out in the form of such a spectrum. The position and width of the peaks provide information about which substances were produced and in what quantity. © RUB, Marquard
However, Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner's favourite analysis method is single crystal X-ray structure analysis, which is being prepared here. © RUB, Marquard
Then, the modern research device uses the measurement data to calculate the three-dimensional structure of the molecule present in the sample - a much clearer result than a spectrum. © RUB, Marquard
The preparation of the samples requires some finesse. The crystals to be measured must be removed from the solution by hand under the microscope. © RUB, Marquard
Gessner's team works with highly reactive substances that have to be protected from air. Many work steps therefore take place in the so-called glovebox. © RUB, Marquard
Between laboratory visits and conversations with colleagues, she goes to her desk: E-mails processing and, of course, tweets. © RUB, Marquard
This cake is not analysed, but simply enjoyed: A doctoral student has a birthday and celebrates the group. © RUB, Marquard

A day with Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner

Oversized gloves, pistons, hoses and complex large-scale research equipment: There is a lot to marvel following the RESOLV scientist on a regular day.

How does a regular day at the Ruhr-University-Bochum look like for a professor in solvation science? Twitter users could follow RESOLV scientist Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner step by step during last 11. April. On that day, Gessner took over the RUB account to provide insights one her work, while the RESOLV account retweeted in English most of the content published by her. From the moment when she brought her children to the local Kindergarten, the chemist started reporting about meetings with fellow scientists (also from RESOLV), research project discussions, laboratory experiments and even birthday celebrations. The ERC Starting-Grant awardee took also plenty of time to tweet about her research projects and her focus on solvation science: In terms of content, everything revolves around the efficiency of catalysts and the stabilisation of reactive chemical compounds. Here below a chronological selection of Gessner's day on twitter.

 

Today, 11.4.2019, RESOLV scientist @ViktoriaGessner takes over the @ruhrunibochum twitter account. Here too we will follow her through a routine day as professor, group leader and #solvation scientist https://t.co/q5toJ7vVKY

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

Of course, among the funding bodies for her research there's also RESOLV https://t.co/6CHC8abybS

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

Together with C.Merten and C.Morgestern, @ViktoriaGessner investigates if carbenoids, highly reactive reaction intermediates.../1 https://t.co/T06XbT2DcZ

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

...can be stabilized by some specific solvent, in order to develop more widely applicable reagents /2 https://t.co/4xHy2tCgAT

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

Of course, her #research is much more exciting: Time for the daily walk through the #laboratory. Here Christopher Schwarz has just synthesised a new chemical compound, which he is now analyzing in solution. #solvation #RealTimeChem https://t.co/vNH5n9Jrd4

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

Since the compounds are often very reactive with air, in the @ViktoriaGessner group they handle them in a so-called glovebox. Alexander Kroll shows how this works in a short video #RealTimeChem https://t.co/ijcuLJaEvH

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

Then coffee and cake accompany a birthday celebration in the @ViktoriaGessner group #RealTimeChem https://t.co/JOOF8ODcLE

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

Back to #solvation science: In another research project @ViktoriaGessner develops #catalysts for fine chemical synthesis. Recently, she presented highly active catalysts. If everything continues to go well, they will soon be available all over the world. @ERC_Research https://t.co/pnoJsbn3jP

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

Together with RESOLV scientist Lukas Gooßen, they further optimize the #catalysts within RESOLV. Want to know more about this? Here: https://t.co/cMGsp63XSf https://t.co/pgyZ1cgNmj

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

So @ViktoriaGessner day at the @ruhrunibochum ends where it all began, at the uni day care, picking up her children. And meeting fellow RESOLV colleagues Kristina Tschulik @TschulikGroup and @clara_saraceno #WomenInSTEM https://t.co/mSIXpQZ4oz

— Solvation Science (@SolvationSci) April 11, 2019

 

 

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