The surfaces of tiny diamonds just a few nanometers – billionths of a meter – in size, can be harnessed for the transport of other molecules. They are important for biomedical procedures, for example in cancer therapy. However, the interactions between water molecules and nanoparticles have not yet been sufficiently researched. At JULiq Petit will analyze water-based dispersions of nanodiamonds with soft X-ray spectroscopy. His research could help to explain how these particular nanoparticles behave in the body. “Thanks to the unique LiXEdrom experimental setup, we’re able to conduct experiments that can’t be done anywhere else really. Ultimately, that was a strong motivating factor for me to come to Berlin,” said Petit.
Twenty-six-year-old Petit completed his doctorate in March 2013 at École Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France. His doctoral work at Diamond Sensor Laboratory (CEA) in Gif-sur-Yvette focused on surface modifications of nanodiamonds to explore their potential for new biomedical applications.