Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science (KiNSIS)

“I have to come back for a real Kieler Woche!”

Oct 22, 2021

Michael Sehn (USA) spent DAAD internship at the Inorganic Chemistry Department / Providing internships for 2022 is possible until 25.10.2021


Michael SehnHe did not know about Kiel at all, Michael Sehn admits. He is an undergraduate student of Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York State, USA. But his lab advisor had studied at the Kieler Förde and brought the DAAD internship RISE to his attention. "He said that I might be a good candidate and they matched me with a programme that best suited my skills - and it happened to be this one in Kiel.” "Research Internships in Science and Engineering” funded by the German Federal Foreign Office offers undergraduate students from North American, British, and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a research internship at top German universities and research institutions. This summer Michael Sehn has worked with the research group of Professor Norbert Stock at CAU. Read more


Getting data to write the master thesis


For nearly three months since early July 2021, Michael Sehn has created and characterized “MOFs” – metal-organic frameworks - with Professor Norbert Stock. These types of materials are composed of inorganic nodes which are interconnected by coordinating organic ligands to form a three-dimensional network. MOFs are highly designable, so their properties can be specifically tailored for real-life applications like gas storage and separation, catalysis, sensors, heat transformation, water harvesting, or medical uses.

“Just like the Stock Group, MOFs are kind of my speciality; I hope to do my Ph.D. on them.“ The internship was a big step closer to his goal, not only because it is mandatory in order to get a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Clarkson University. “After the summer in Kiel, I now have enough data to write my master thesis – and I haven’t even started my master’s degree yet!” In addition to that, Michael describes the work with X-ray diffraction and electron microscopes in the labs in Kiel as “invaluable experience.” After completing his Ph.D., he would like to work in the area of Research & Development: “I like its balance between academia and industry. I’d ideally like to stay in the nanoscale and work in industry on environmentally-friendly technologies.”


RISE supports the international exchange of the research group
 

Norbert Stock, Professor for Inorganic Chemistry, supports the RISE program: "I encourage my doctoral students to present a project in RISE to get and stay in international contact. With non-German speakers in the research groups they and also the master's students can apply and improve their English skills. And they also get an insight into research in other countries. You get into exchange and that's important!"

Most of the students at Clarkson do not leave the country at all, Michael Sehn assumes. "I highly recommend that people apply for programmes like the DAAD RISE and go abroad at least once in their lives, if for no other reason than to broaden their perspective. To live in a foreign country is invaluable for one’s personal growth, as well as the overall cultural experience.” Traveling abroad for the first time was not only an academic “tick box” for Michael Sehn: “Visiting Germany has been on my list for a long time. I like the culture, the efficiency, the punctuality… though the Deutsche Bahn sort of ruined that last one”, he smiles. He took the chance to go on some trips to the surrounding area of Kiel like Laboe, Lübeck, and Hamburg, but also to farther locations like Amsterdam. What attracted his attention most about Kiel was its respectable size, abundant greenery, European stone wall architecture – and the presence of publicly available fruit brushes like blackberries.

His plans were nearly cancelled due to COVID-19, but luckily the travel restrictions between Germany and the USA were removed just two weeks before his plane took off to Frankfurt Airport. “This was certainly not my last time in Germany. I have considered working here, though it would be a lot to handle. In any case, I have to come back for a real Kieler Woche!”

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Become a host for an intern in summer 2022

If you are a professor, a postdoc or a Ph.D. student in Science and Engineering and would like to work together with an undergraduate student from North American, British and Irish universities RISE Germany (“Research Internships in Science and Engineering”) offers the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions.

  • Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field)
  • DAAD provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses
  • Host universities, universities of applied sciences (UAS) and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors or researchers (only UAS)
  • The working language will be in English
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