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NANOTECHNOLOGY, PH.D. STUDENT: Fast Moving Field

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As a nanotechnology Ph.D. student, she grows atomically thin sheets of material that are used in electronic devices and energy applications such as solar cells. Because she is working in the fast moving field of nanotechnology, she feels the pressure to perform research and publish quickly, but she has to remind herself that it is about the quality so it is necessary to slow down.

School: Cambridge ; University of Oxford
Degree: Nanotechnology - Material Science
Job Title: Nanotechnology Ph.D. Student
Employer: University of Cambridge

Job Summary: Materials Scientists and Chemist

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Chemists and materials scientists work in basic and applied research. In basic research, chemists investigate the properties, composition, and structure of matter. They also experiment with the laws that govern the combination of elements and reactions of substances to each other.

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<span m='10650'>very</span> <span m='11020'>smallest</span> <span m='11640'>bits.</span> <span m='12450'>And</span> <span m='13120'>what</span> <span m='13310'>I</span> <span m='13380'>do</span> <span m='13770'>is</span> <span m='14260'>I</span> <span m='14610'>grow</span> <span m='15060'>these</span> <span m='15630'>atomically</span> <span m='16170'>thin</span> <span m='16430'>sheets</span> <span m='16860'>of</span> <span m='16960'>material.</span> <span m='17820'>And</span> <span m='18180'>these</span> <span m='18400'>are</span> <span m='18480'>very</span> <span m='18700'>important</span> <span m='19250'>for</span> <span m='19380'>electronic</span> <span m='19770'>devices.</span> <span m='20510'>So</span> <span m='20780'>you</span> <span m='20900'>can</span> <span m='21060'>use</span> <span m='21330'>them</span> <span m='21860'>in</span> <span m='22170'>your</span> <span m='22330'>smartphone,</span> <span m='22970'>thin</span> <span m='23180'>displays,</span> <span m='23890'>and</span> <span m='24750'>also</span> <span m='24880'>in</span> <span m='25190'>energy</span> <span m='25470'>applications.</span> <span m='26070'>So</span> <span m='26370'>if</span> <span m='26460'>you</span> <span m='26710'>know</span> <span m='26860'>about</span> <span m='27110'>solar</span> <span m='27370'>cells,</span> <span m='27790'>we</span> <span m='27910'>use</span> <span m='28080'>them</span> <span m='28190'>in</span> <span m='28280'>solar</span> <span m='28520'>cells</span> <span m='28720'>as</span> <span m='28850'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='30100'>And</span> <span m='30660'>in</span> <span m='31020'>my</span> <span m='31240'>everyday</span> <span m='31690'>life</span> <span m='31990'>I</span> <span m='32320'>go</span> <span m='32790'>into</span> <span m='33060'>the</span> <span m='33180'>lab.</span> <span m='33490'>I</span> <span m='33820'>work</span> <span m='34060'>in</span> <span m='34140'>a</span> <span m='34190'>clean</span> <span m='34500'>room.</span> <span m='35190'>And</span> <span m='35690'>we</span> <span m='35880'>grow</span> <span m='36210'>these</span> <span m='36450'>materials</span> <span m='37800'>in</span> <span m='37930'>reactions</span> <span m='38310'>that</span> <span m='39110'>grow</span> <span m='39960'>at</span> <span m='40130'>high</span> <span m='40290'>temperatures</span> <span m='40930'>and</span> <span m='41130'>very</span> <span m='41320'>low</span> <span m='41440'>pressures.</span> <span m='42240'>So</span> <span m='42390'>we</span> <span m='42470'>can</span> <span m='42580'>get</span> <span m='42750'>a very</span> <span m='42940'>clean</span> <span m='43320'>material,</span> <span m='43780'>and</span> <span m='43940'>very</span> <span m='44710'>good</span> <span m='44890'>control</span> <span m='45360'>over</span> <span m='45500'>the</span> <span m='45590'>thickness.</span> <span m='46770'>So</span> <span m='46960'>when I</span> <span m='47070'>was</span> <span m='47220'>at</span> <span 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m='60620'>doing</span> <span m='60760'>my</span> <span m='60850'>undergrad</span> <span m='61250'>in material</span> <span m='61620'>science.</span> <span m='62050'>And</span> <span m='62480'>this</span> <span m='62710'>was at</span> <span m='63110'>Oxford</span> <span m='63490'>in</span> <span m='63600'>the</span> <span m='63660'>UK.</span> <span m='64530'>And</span> <span m='64940'>after</span> <span m='65150'>my</span> <span m='65349'>four</span> <span m='65590'>year</span> <span m='65740'>degree</span> <span m='66220'>I</span> <span m='66600'>moved on to</span> <span m='66980'>Cambridge</span> <span m='67450'>where</span> <span m='67570'>I'm</span> <span m='67650'>doing</span> <span m='67780'>my</span> <span m='67890'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='69060'>And</span> <span m='69550'>now I</span> <span m='69830'>specialize</span> <span m='70290'>in</span> <span m='70360'>more</span> <span m='70480'>nanotechnology,</span> <span m='71230'>but</span> <span m='71400'>I</span> <span 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