Maybe some of you waiting to read my newest post since last year.
I am terribly sorry for that.
From the last year, I was busy doing (and re-doing) my research as my final task to complete my Bachelor study in Chemistry and also doing a lot of part-time jobs to get extra money to fulfill my tuition fee and all related expenses. And I have to tell you, it was really tiring.
Remember my last post (Research. Research? Research!) about my (first) research topic? Well, things didn’t run well at that time. Actually, I had finished the research. I had been studying, conducting research, writing all the gathered results and also presenting it to some of the lecturers. But unfortunately, it would never be published as my final paper nor a scientific research. I can’t tell you in detail what was happened to my first research, but in general I was disappointed to what my previous research adviser had done to me, both personally and professionally. By that reason, I was struggling to call off my first research, and start a new one.
One of the biggest challenge I have to face was to change my research theme from Biochemistry to Inorganic chemistry. It was unexpected, because when I was in my first year, I have dreamed that I will do a cancer research for my final task. So I was taking almost all the class related to Biochemistry, and never took a class in Inorganic Chemistry, except compulsory classes.
However, I was fortunate to have such a supportive advisers and research group members for my second research. Our research group is called “Solid Inorganic Framework Research Group”, or could be abbreviated as SIF-RG. They help me a lot to understand more about zeolite, bentonite and other things related to Inorganic Chemistry. Here is the best pictures of SIF-RG members at that time, when we went together at a scientific conference in ITB Bandung.
Eventually, on August 2013, I was graduated from Chemistry Department – Universitas Indonesia and finally held a Bachelor of Science degree (or in Indonesian term, Sarjana Sains). Here is some pictures of on the graduation day.
So that’s what I was doing in the past one year.
Many things don’t run well, and many hard decisions and improvisations were made.
But I believe that no such thing as coincidence in this world, because God controls the whole story, the very best one for us. When a difficult time comes, all we have to do is giving our best effort and never surrender. Do you agree with me?
PS : My next post will be discussing about my first full-time job. Stay tuned!
It’s been a while since my last post published here…
The time passed fast, and I’m just realizing that now I’m on my third year!
I’m very excited to tell you that I’ve already working on my final paper recently, which will be presented on early December. My research topic is about inhibitor to reduce the effects of viral oncogenes from Human Papillomavirus, and in this research I’m trying to obtain a new anticancer compound using bioinformatics tools. So yes, my research is a “dry-lab experiments”, or widely known as in silico experiments. I’ll tell you more about it in a few days (or weeks) from now…. :)
Maybe this illustrations will help you to understand more about IR spectra and NMR. It’s not me who draw this beautiful yet informative illustrations, of course. It’s all belongs to John Chui, you can browse into his website here or his Wikipedia user profile here. (He is a doctorate candidate on Physical Organic Chemistry, so it’s scientifically proven :D)
So here we go….
Interpreting IR Spectra
Interpreting Proton NMR
Today, on 4 February 2012, is declared by WHO as World Cancer Day.
Let’s show our support to every cancer sufferers and survivors by sharing love and affection to them.
Let’s support cancer researches and educations by giving donations or get involved to educate people, especially our family and friends on how to prevent and heal cancer.
And the most important, let’s create a healthier environment for everyone by lobbying the government for change, persuading a healthier lifestyle to others,and decreasing the amount of toxic substances in the food we eat and in the water we drink.
Key Facts About Cancer
- Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008.
- Lung, stomach, liver, colon and breast cancer cause the most cancer deaths each year.
- The most frequent types of cancer differ between men and women.
- About 30% of cancer deaths are due to the five leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol use.
- Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer causing 22% of global cancer deaths and 71% of global lung cancer deaths.
- Cancer causing viral infections such as HBV/HCV and HPV are responsible for up to 20% of cancer deaths in low- and middle-income countries.
- About 70% of all cancer deaths in 2008 occurred in low- and middle-income countries.
- Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030.
Cancer is one of the most deadly illness and one of the most sufferers in the world. Lung cancer have the highest sufferer in the world (that’s why I mention that protecting our lungs to pollutants in air is very important), following with stomach and liver cancer.
A Worldwide Problem
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008. The main types of cancer are:
- lung (1.37 million deaths)
- stomach (736 000 deaths)
- liver (695 000 deaths)
- colorectal (608 000 deaths)
- breast (458 000 deaths)
- cervical cancer (275 000 deaths) (3).
About 70% of all cancer deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue to rise to over 13.1 million in 2030.
Today, let’s declare to start protecting our self and the people we love, stand up for cancer!
After I observed top searches on my blog stats for a couple of months, I realize that many people visited my blog to find some chemistry comics. And as usual, they (and maybe also means you) don’t give a trail of appearance, such as a simple Hello or comment. Sigh.
But yeah, eventually I’ll share another chemistry-related comic for you in this post. It’s a hilarious joke about chemistry elements that I found originally form 9GAG (you may see a 9GAG watermark at the end, LOL):
Warning : it’s quite lengthy for a comic (!)
In real world, writing elements and compounds are waaays easier than predicting the actual reactions, especially in inorganic and organic chemistry reactions. It would be easy when you could memorize all the equations and mechanisms, but sometimes, and somehow, you completely forget it on the exam… (Am I the only one who had problem with OChem & IChem???)
FYI, this comic belongs to SMBC (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal), and I think you can search another chemistry comic there. I can’t make it sure now because of SOPA/PIPA (web)strikes which also including Wikipedia and our lovely WordPress. No worries, the strikes will ends in a couple of days, all we have to do is waiting patiently :).