I am a PhD Researcher in materials theory and simulation. I look into battery materials and I am trying to find new materials that will be better than our current lithium ion batteries. To do so, I study the behaviour of electrons in matter using quantum mechanics and supercomputers (mine is about 200 times more powerful than your laptop!). From this information I can predict the properties of materials. I also study what makes a material good at a specific thing. Knowing this enables me to speed up the whole materials discovery process!
I love research because I get to learn everyday on topics that I find fascinating. It is also incredibly creative. Batteries are very complex and there is a lot to think about, but that is what makes them so interesting. It is also so beautiful to see different research groups, focusing on one small aspect of battery research and working with each other to solve the energy storage challenge. It is an incredible feeling to part of this community. Energy storage is a big, big challenge, but to me there is so much meaning in trying to provide solutions to solve the climate crisis.
When I was younger, I was very curious, and I remember that I told myself one day that if I was able to learn all my life then I would be happy for the rest of my days. Yes, the world is that fascinating! So very early on I made up my mind that I would become a scientist one day, and here I am! At 18 I chose to leave my home country, France, to study Chemical Physics at the University of Bristol. I am currently carrying out a PhD at Imperial College London with the Faraday Institution.
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I love being a scientist because...
I love my work because I get to learn amazing things everyday, I get to contribute to the world well-being, and I get to be creative.
My heroes are...
There are so many people I look up to. From my PhD supervisor Aron Walsh to the greatest scientists of all time like Richard Feynman. Nevertheless, my heroes are not all scientists, Virgil Van Dijk, the Liverpool defender, and Andy Puddicombe the founder of Headspace are some of the amazing people that inspire me daily. Last but not least, my family, my friends and all the people that surround me are my heroes too.
Advice I would give my 7 year old self...
Be yourself, love people, and follow your curiosity!