Dealing with Polymeric Ionic Liquid

VIKRAM BADDAM

I am a fresh Ph.D student from India. I arrived to Kumpula campus in January 2016 for my Master’s thesis project, as an Erasmus student from Estonia. I had studied in Tallinn for one and a half years. I really enjoyed the orientation days. The help from the student tutors was very useful to finish all the documentation works, and the tutors were also helpful in introducing me to the student life in Helsinki.

I choose University of Helsinki mainly because it was recommended to me in Tallinn. Meeting a Finnish professor in Latvia on a conference in 2015 confirmed the choice.

I completed my Master project and graduated from Tallinn University of Technology in June 2016. Fortunately, I had a possibility from the Erasmus program as a recent graduate trainee to continue the research work which started during the Master studies. Meanwhile I applied to the CHEMS doctoral school and finally I have been able to start my Ph.D studies. I choose University of Helsinki mainly because it was recommended to me in Tallinn. Meeting a Finnish professor in Latvia on a conference in 2015 confirmed the choice.

My Ph.D project deals with polymeric ionic liquids, PILs. The work started with the synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymers where the other block consists of ILs. The purpose is to study the self-assembling of the polymers and even better, polymerization induced self-assembling. I have a good basis for the present research because I got familiar with PILs already in Tallinn where we investigated the e-spinning of these materials.

Since I arrived to Europe already two and a half years ago I have started to feel like I am at home. Adoption of the local habits occurred surprisingly fast and I have not needed to suffer from home sickness. I enjoy the beauty of the Finnish nature, endless forests and numerous lakes. My new hobby is a weekly visit to the saunas at Kuusijärvi, a beautiful place by a lake. The differences between the cultures and climates in Europe and India are enormous and I find the knowledge of the both most invigorating. I got a good start in learning the European way of living with my friend Erasmus graduates during the first half of 2016. Now I feel myself independent and safe in this Finnish surroundings. 

Orginally published @Chemistry News.