Exciting and interesting research environment.
Pros: world class nano-research facillity ( one of it's kind)
During my stay in Albany NY, I developed a electro-pollishing technique which yields >90% reduction in all roughness value's measured by AFM on Hastelloy and Stainless Steel substrates for CIGS solar cell applications.
I also invented a liquid N2 coold substrate deposition technique for PVD magnetron sputtering which results in alloyed (meta-stable), smooth, dense and homogeneous thin-films comprised of constituents which are thermodynamically immisble.
This was my Msc research contribution and is published in Thin Solid Films in 2011
I also graduated by taking part in an comprehensive exam in which I was in competition with the whole student body (Msc and PhD) of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, and passed the exam by beeing ranked >50th percentile.
I alway's had the freedom to explore new idea's and concepts, and was able to reach out to other scientists in the field to establish collaboration.
I've gained a tremendous amount of knowledge not only professionally but personally as well.
Finally I started working for a start-up company via CNSE, developing Si(Ge) thin films (doped and intrinsic) to build a working thin-film solar cell device.