Ojiako Chinasa Juliet

Current student

Course
PhD Student
Study area
Mathematical Sciences

I love the fact that my 'complete' life is all within the university. The multi-cultural nature of the university makes me happy and has given me the great privilege of making friends from different parts of world.

What is your research project about?

The study of gas plasma interactions with liquids has become of great interest to researchers as it provides new scientific challenges and emerging technological opportunities for plasma applications. For example, plasma in medicine include the direct treatment of human cells with plasma, wound healing, plasma in environment protection include disinfection, plasma technology include surface cleaning, surface coating, surface etching, lightings, welding, spraying and lots more.

What were you doing before you joined Loughborough?

Immediately after my first degree in Mathematics, I was employed as an assistant lecturer in a federal institution of learning in Nigeria. I actually came to Loughborough University in 2015 for my MSc in Industrial Mathematical modelling, finished in 2016 and was given a PhD scholarship which started in October 2016.

Why did you choose Loughborough?

I attended an Education fair back in Nigeria where I had the opportunity to speak to representatives from different UK universities, I also spoke with Alicia Butterfield. From that moment I knew Loughborough University was the "Home outside Nigeria" that I sought for. I looked at the prospectus and module content of my course and I was truly satisfied and ready to start my Loughborough journey. Loughborough University had everything I imagined: real academic content, laboratory exercises, sports (I play tennis), culture, leisure (I dance salsa).

What do you enjoy the most about studying a PhD with us?

Oh my God! A lot of things! I love the fact that my 'complete' life is all within the university. I can play tennis for two hours and return to the computer laboratory to continue my simulations without having to travel down to town, I can go for my salsa dance classes at the student union and still return to the office to move on with my studies, the gym is always available. My funding is also something am really grateful for. The multicultural nature of the university makes me happy and has given me the great privilege of making friends from different part of the world.

Describe what it is like to study a PhD, and how this differs from undergraduate/masters study?

For me, finding a balance between the academic and social life is the most important thing. PhD gives an opportunity to become expert in a specific area and develop new things too. Unlike undergraduate and masters, PhD gives you a consistent creative ability and independence. I love it.

Describe a day in the life of a PhD student?

A complete day will include lots of academic work, few cups of coffee, sport/leisure activity (for me, it's either tennis or salsa dance), good food and a good night rest.

Why did you decide to undertake a PhD in your area?

Gas plasma interactions with liquids is a new area of research and I am really interested to unravel new things. I imagine what could be expected, so it is even better to experiment it myself.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years time, I hopefully would have made great forward movements in my lecturing career and must have discovered something great in the gas plasma interactions with liquids.

If you could give one piece of advice to a future PhD student, what would it be?

Stay focused and you must have passion for what you want to study else it is not worth the stress.