What made you decide to do your PhD at Loughborough?
After gaining confidence during my undergraduate degree, I wanted to continue to push myself academically and complete a PhD. I applied for a range of jobs but the one that took my interest was a PhD position in hydrogen storage and delivery for use in fuel cell applications. The PhD position was in the familiar Loughborough chemistry department, with a very knowledgeable supervisor (Professor Sandie Dann) where I knew I would receive the support I required to be successful in the role. I was attracted to the idea of attending conferences around the world and the challenge of presenting my own novel research. I also wanted to work in a research group, where I could help support masters students and also demonstrate to students in undergraduate labs.
How did you get involved in the research you are currently undertaking? Why is it important to you?
I particularly enjoyed my research project during my master's year, where I investigated graphene as the electrode material in supercapacitors (fast charging and discharging batteries). I was passionate to continue a career in renewable energy, especially since there was a worldwide focus to reduce carbon emissions, with many countries (including the UK) setting net zero targets for 2050 into legislation. I wanted to know that the work and research I would be doing would make an impact towards cleaner energy solutions.
What is it like to be carrying out research that could have a positive environmental impact?
Knowing that your research could provide a positive impact on the environment gives you motivation to continue and push the boundaries of the research you can achieve. It also gives you the clarification that your research is important and worthwhile, and also makes you see you real life application of your work.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
In five years from now I hope to be continuing impactful work in the renewable energy sector, whether that is in research or industry. Ideally, I would love to continue a career in academia, however I know that completing my PhD will open up a range of opportunities that I can choose from.