||In 2013 the Research School PLUS funded a two month
s stay at Tokyo University of Science (TUS),
Japan with Prof. Yuichi Negishi, a renowned expert
in gold cluster chemistry and mass spectrometry,
making him the ideal collaboration partner for my PhD research.
During my stay I could gather essential data for my
PhD project, present my research and finalize a
joint publication with Prof. Negishi. Furthermore,
I could profit from his research network with
access to equipment beyond the capabilities of RUB
and TUS. Discussions with Prof. Negishi and his
students were fruitful and supported new ideas. Since 2011 Prof. Negishi is my second supervisor and this visit convinced him to attend my thesis de
fense in March 2014.
In addition, a trip to Gunma University was funded
which enabled me to present my research there
and discuss postdoctoral options.
Scientifically, I could finalize my results, presen
t them during my stay and establish the foundation
for a long lasting cooperation between RUB and TUS
beyond my PhD project. Personally, RS PLUS
allowed me to span a research network in the scientifically thriving Asian-pacific region and toexperience the fascinating Japanese culture.