My-first-research project was in Toronto, a very formative time for me as a scientist. I was in the lab of Prof. Geof Ozin, a British ex-pat materials scientist. I loved it and really thought that I was going to become a solid state chemist! How things change.
Anyway, my project was on biochemically tuneable photonic crystals – using biochemistry to change the flow of light through a solid. Thinking about it, this was an AWEOSME project to give an undergrad. It was fun, interesting and a genuinely new bit of science. Thanks Geof.
I’ve put thesis online for the sake of completeness. It was my very first piece of independent research, but I’m still proud of it.
As for the butterfly – it’s one of the rare organisms that utilises photonic crystals rather than pigment to colour it’s wings.