MAP student participating in Jyväskylä Summer School, Finland 2019

Mohit Jain in Finland, picture courtesy of MAP Office / Mohit Jain

New insights into Nanotechnology supported by a MAP educational grant

The University of Jyväskylä, Finland organised the 9th summer school from 5 Aug to 16 Aug 2019. I attended the Nanotechnology course “Methods for the Characterization of Supramolecular Complexes” by Professor Pablo Ballester from the Institut Català d’Investigació Química, Spain. The topics included geometrical characterization of complex structures (mainly NMR experiments), thermodynamic characterization (spectroscopic titrations and isothermal titration calorimetry), and kinetic characterization (fast and slow exchange binding processes on the NMR timescales, EXSY, complete bandshape analysis).

It offered me a unique academic, cultural, and personal journey and gave me the opportunity to challenge myself, develop my skills and push myself forward towards a successful career in my field of interest. Moreover, the course was very well structured as the lectures were scheduled in the mornings and were followed by practical sessions.

The University also organised social events like hiking, canoeing/kayaking, baking and sauna evenings, culture and game nights, inaugural and farewell parties which also helped in interacting with the students from other courses. In all, it was an awesome experience to make new friends and international contacts. It also helped me to develop new skills and gain some credits. This also was an opportunity for me to experience the Finnish culture.

I would like to thank the University of Jyväskylä for the wonderful experience. I would also like to thank the MAP Team for providing me with financial and administrative support.

By Mohit Jain, MAP student from the MAP starting class 2018