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Abstract Title: Postgraduate researchers experiences of nanotechnology research - a phenomenological examination
Abstract: Nanotechnology research is highly interdisciplinary in nature. This necessitates physics graduate researchers working in this area to constantly interact with colleagues, mentors and research collaborators from other scientific disciplines.

The present work deals with examining physics postgraduate researchers' lived experiences of 'researching in nanotechnology area' to realize how early researchers understand, perceive and interpret nanotechnology research; and connect their education and training to work in this area. Examining researchers' lived experiences can also identify the attributes, knowledge, skill and competence necessary to work in this interdisciplinary area and thereby address if the enhancement of existing physics curricula with an interdisciplinary perspectives is necessary.

In this ongoing study, we have interviewed ten physics postgraduate researchers and collected the rich descriptions of their lived experiences. The transcripts were analysed using thematic coding and hermeneutic phenomenological analysis. We present how phenomenological methodology was successful in data collection and analysis and guided future studies.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Deepa Chari
Dublin Institute of Technology
School of Physics,
Kevin Street
Dublin, Ireland, Non U.S. D9
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Robert Howard (1) and Brian Bowe (1, 2)
1 School of Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
2 College of Engineering and Built Environment, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland