Galina Marzun: Experienced Researcher (secondee)

I studied Chemistry at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) where I received my Master’s degree with the main focus on Technical Chemistry. During my studies I gained extensive knowledge in the field of nanotechnology. As I enjoyed working with lasers to produce nanoparticles, I decided to carry out my PhD in the same research field (thesis title: Laser synthesis and functionality of heterogeneous catalysts). During my PhD studies I have had the opportunity to work as a research group leader in the catalysis-group of Prof. S. Barcikowski, where I gained lots of new experiences in this position.

Meanwhile I recently passed my doctoral examination at the Institute of Technical Chemistry. Due to the application-related research in my thesis and cooperative work with different companies in my group, I gained essential insights into the workflow of industrial research. Working on the Nu-MATHIMO project at Seagate helped me to gain further insights and experiences on the fabrication of nanoscale devices at an industrial level.

During my stay I gained new experience and obtained valuable qualifications. I got insights into promising materials for magnetic read head applications on hard drives. Along with the thin film preparation with industrial scale equipment, the materials were characterized by several analysis methods such as XRD to investigate the crystal structure and AFM to examine the roughness and steps on the wafer. Furthermore I was introduced to the cleanroom preparation and characterization facilities. The methods extended from using looper set-up to verify static magnetic properties, ellipsometry to examine the refractive index, XRF to measure the film thickness and finally verifying the results by monitoring the resistance.

As a result of my secondment, in addition to expanding my technical knowledge, I have also considerably improved my English skills. Due to the amazing team, I felt very comfortable in the working environment at Seagate Technology. All in all it was a great experience during my secondment within the NU-MATHIMO project supported by the Marie-Curie fellowship.