Sarah-Alexandra Hussak is a PhD student enrolled at the University of Hamburg, where she previously studied Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies, Sarah joined our lab to work on the optimization of nanomaterial syntheses for in situ ptychographic X-ray microscopy. For her Master's project, she worked under the guidance of Prof. Atsushi Urakawa at TU Delft, conducting research that integrated bulk and surface studies to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of Ga2O3 nanoparticles synthesized via non-aqueous routes.
In her present research project, she is employing coherent X-rays to image the growth of chiral nanostructures in solution. Given that radiation-induced side reactions play a crucial role in studying liquid reaction media, she aims to minimize radiation damage in in situ X-ray diffraction imaging and X-ray spectroscopy. For those interested in researching radiation damage, we invite you to check out our Master's project on the topic.
When not engaged in research, Sarah enjoys pursuing her hobbies such as (road) cycling, collecting vinyl records, and exploring art movements that originated from the late 19th to the early 20th century.