This was my first position upon graduation so much was learnt in relation to the practical operation of a Research Laboratory.
Upon receiving guidance from my supervisor and colleagues, experiments would be undertaken to produce relevant organophosphorous compounds. The extreme reactivity and toxicity of these compounds was a prime concern.
Reaction products were subject to; infrared spectroscopy, NMR analysis and X Ray Crystallography. All these tasks involved liaison and consultation with colleagues.
The day to day running of the laboratory-maintainence, ordering of equipment, cleaning etc was a constant focus.
Seminars were attended on a weekly basis in which research from within the Faculty (Organic Chemistry, UNSW) was discussed.
The faculty had a warm and collegial atmosphere where all individuals were valued.
Isolation and unusual hours