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PhD Student Marion Bourebrab joins TWI as a Project Leader

PhD Student Marion Bourebrab joins TWI as a Project Leader

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NSIRC PhD, and University of Edinburgh student, Marion Bourebrab has joined TWI as a new project leader within the Function Coatings and Resins section, led by section manager Dr Géraldine Durand.

As part of her final year of MSc in Chemistry, Physics and Materials Sciences from the Graduate School of Chemistry, Biology and Physics of Bordeaux, France, Marion undertook a 6-month internship at TWI in the Specialist Materials and Joining section in 2015. After graduating, she began her PhD in the same team, now named Functional Coatings and Resins.

Since beginning her PhD with NSIRC, Marion has won multiple awards, including the Armourers and Brasiers’ ‘Best 1st Year NSIRC PhD Student’ in May 2016 for her work, and 1st prize for her oral presentation ‘Tailoring Silica Particles Size with Stöber Process’ at the NSIRC 2017 Annual Conference, which work has now been published in the scientific article ‘Influence of the initial chemical conditions on the rational design of silica particles’.

In October 2017, Marion presented ISOBIO’s latest results during the Applied Nanotechnology and Nanoscience International Conference in Rome, Italy. The conference saw her receive the ‘Environmental Science: Nano’ best talk prize, after which she was then invited by the conference scientific committee to publish her paper in a special issue of the journal Materials.

At TWI, she is an active member of numerous internal committees, including The Tipper Group, founded in 2015 for the promotion of equality and diversity into science and engineering, as well as outreach programmes that work with schools, encouraging students to pursue their interest and careers within engineering and related fields.

"I am very grateful for having been offered the opportunity to build my career at TWI and NSIRC, and to now being able to apply the skills I gained during my PhD to my new role at TWI." - Marion

On Friday 16 November, Marion will be presenting to PhD Students during their bi-monthly catch-up meeting, on the topic of the lesson learned while conducting her PhD over the last three years.

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Marion displaying the illusive appearance of Silica Nanoparticles (ca. 30 nm diameter)