Collaboration: the Guilford Way
For the second time, Ampofo is collaborating with Guilford professors and students in the College’s Integrated Research Lab (IRL).
Recently, Guilford College Chemistry Professor Anne Glenn asked Ampofo for ideas for the lab. He mentioned one area that his team hadn’t had time to explore, and the project grew from there.
“They’re helping me with my research project to build a rhodium catalyst. Rhodium is a rare earth metal found in catalytic converters. Together, we’re figuring out how best to surround the metal center so that it can do what we want it to do,” he explains “This exposes students as undergraduates to something that is actually a research project. And then for those who want to continue on to graduate school, it gives them that kind of experience. It's great.”
The IRL was also around when Ampofo was attending Guilford. “I still remember the experiments I did as an undergrad,” he reminisces. “It's what gave me some experience and was the reason I wanted to pursue graduate education.”
For students who want to pursue a doctorate in chemistry and teach, Ampofo advises striving to keep a work-life balance.
“You have to really want to do it, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise,” he says. “It's difficult to get here, and then it's difficult to stay. The ones who do well are those who love what they're doing. If you want to be a university professor you have to find some research area that speaks to you. And then it won't seem like work.”
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