Professor / PI
I make materials for cleaning water or for removing carbon dioxide and other environmentally hazardous gases.
What I like about my science
I hope my work will help to make the world that my future grandchildren live in a healthy and clean one.
Researcher Q & A
Where are you from?
Why did you become a researcher?
I started in University by doing Engineering; but after I graduated, I felt I did not understand the materials I was using so I began a PhD in Materials Science at Cambridge; after this I felt inspired to continue more research but these days I start to think how to use these materials for practical applications.
What is your favorite experiment, theory, device, reagent, lab equipment? Why do you like it?
I like the idea that complexity arises from simplicity whilst complex systems can only rarely be rationalized in simple terms.
What is your hobby?
The book that made me stay awake and not do anything (but read it anyway) was by Gabriel Garcia Marquez called ‘A Hundred Years of Solitude’. There is a similar style as can be found in books by Murakami and also Dostoevsky, sometimes called superrealism or fantastic realism, which creates an interesting outcome of an ordinary situation.