Catcher of the ion
Dr. Chayanika Das was born in India and studied chemistry in Kolkata, Varanasi und Pune. In 2018 she successfully applied for a one-year Adolf-Martens-fellowship at the BAM. Since then she is doing research on corrosion. Recently she was rewarded the prestigious Research Fellowship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation.
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‘Catcher of the ion’
During her PhD Chayanika Das worked on energy storage and catalysis. She now does her research in the field of corrosion which is relevant to many industrial and environmental problems especially in the automobile and aerospace industry.
During corrosion metallic surfaces release ions. Therefore, the surfaces are protected with coatings. Normally, inorganic coatings are used for this purpose. In her project Chayanika Das proposes an organic coating:
This organic coating captures the released metal ions and converts them to a protective layer. Also nanofillers can be dispersed in the coating. They shall hinder the diffusion of corrosive media to the metal surface.
During her educational journey Chayanika Das had the chance to learn many methods and to apply them on different scientific questions. The Humboldt-fellowship is a great opportunity to continue her research at BAM.