My name is Nikola and I am a new PhD candidate at NTNU. I am from Kikinda, a small town in Serbia and I finished my bachelor and master studies at the University of Novi Sad, also in Serbia. I heard about Trondheim from my friends who have already been here and they shared their experiences with me. I was looking for an interesting PhD position on a project that would be relevant for me, and when I found one, I contacted the Professor who is the head of the project. I was really happy to receive the news that I had been the chosen one. I was also lucky with accommodation, because it can be a problem sometimes. I was able to take over my friend’s apartment.

I arrived in Trondheim on the 11th of August. My first impression was that Trondheim is a really nice city with beautiful nature, fresh air, also with good weather, but it was only the first few days. Now, I can see that it is usually rainy, but I will settle with any weather. Everything else seems nice. People are kind and they always seem to have time for you. Food is good, and I prefer fish. I am really happy because of everything here.

It was a great pleasure to meet my colleagues. I share the office with two more PhD candidates, Susanne and Espen. Including me, several PhD students started at the same time. My supervisor is Mari-Ann Einarsrud and I have great collaboration with her. We start the day around 8 am and finish around 4 pm. Currently, I am reading literature most of the day and preparing myself for a good scientific start.

I have to take an HSE preparation course before I can use the labs. During September I think I can start with my lab experiments and I am looking forward to that.

I will write some more about my PhD and life in Trondheim in my next blog post.

Best regards,



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Nikola Kanas is a PhD candidate at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NTNU. His research is in Ceramic processing of thermoelectric materials. He belongs to the Inorganic Materials and Ceramics Research Group.

Nikola is from Kikinda, Serbia and came to NTNU in August 2014 for his PhD research. He has a master's degree in material science and engineering from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

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