Student Profiles

Students from the graphene NOWNANO CDT come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. We asked several students about how they came to the program, and what it is like to be a part of the graphene NOWNANO CDT.

 

Andrea Verre

Hometown: Cosenza, Italy

Started in 2012

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I studied an MPharm in the School of Pharmacy in University of Calabria (UNICAL) in Italy and then I worked in the Pharmacology department in the Italian Cancer Institute based in Aviano, Italy.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I have been always interested in biological and chemical sciences. The opportunity of transferring all the theoretical knowledge in practical projects is very challenging but it is pure adrenaline to me.

Why did you choose Manchester?

Manchester is a fantastic place to study. In its history, the University can count 23 Nobel Prize winners and therefore there is a great scientific heritage. I chose Manchester because I was interested in studying the biotechnological application of graphene and so Manchester was the ideal place to be.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

CDT is a great experience. It is very challenging to work with people from different back ground but it is very formative experience. Once I was enrolled in the CDT and have been collaborating with physicists or chemists, I think I have been more interested in other fields and tried to combine other disciplines with my own research projects. Furthermore, the entire world of science is moving towards collaboration between different areas and different subjects. I think the most valuable skills that CDT gave me was the ability of the ability of establishing connection with scientists working in different subjects.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

I have been enjoying a lot this experience and especially working in the lab. It is always exciting thinking to new possibilities for my lab work and trying to solve the unavoidable practical problems that a scientific PhD students have to face.

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Julio M. Rios de la Rosa

Hometown: Algeciras, Spain

Started in 2013

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

Before undertaking my PhD I completed a BSc (5-year programme) in Biotechnology at Pablo de Olavide University (Spain), holding a Research Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport to carry out the research project “Synthesis, characterization and functionalization of gold, silver, and ferromagnetic nanoparticles for siRNA delivery in tumours” during my last year. I also worked on summer research placements at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) and Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2) after being awarded the Introduction to Research Studentship (Spanish National Research Council – CSIC) and the AECC Summer Research Internship (Spanish Association Against Cancer – AECC), respectively.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

My experience in carrying out research as an undergraduate made me fully aware of the potential of nanotechnology in biomedical sciences. One limiting factor to progress is, in my opinion, the real lack of interdisciplinary researchers able to successfully communicate and exchange ideas with experts on different topics (e.g. materials science or biotechnology) in order to come up with novel approaches to solve an existing problem. An interdisciplinary PhD was therefore a natural continuation of my undergraduate studies to further develop my research abilities, while acquiring other valuable professional skills, such as time and project management.

Why did you choose Manchester?

Manchester is well known for being the home of graphene and has a global reputation for its pioneering research and international relations as well, so these factors held a particular weight in my decision. However, the uniqueness of the NoWNano programme was the definitive reason why I chose to apply for a PhD in Manchester.

What are the benefits of the DTC for you?

In first place, the DTC provides you with an excellent training on the different branches of nanoscience, which gave me some background knowledge on totally unknown fields. During this training period I was given the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art laboratories on campus, either in projects directly applicable to my current PhD topic (e.g. Atomic Force Microscopy) or totally out of my scope (e.g. graphene transistors). The organised trips, poster talks, and the possibility of choosing my own PhD project were also unique to this programme. Last and on a more personal note, the DTC allows you to mingle with your cohort and get to know other students and staff involved in the programme from the very first day. It is not only a good opportunity to make friends, but importantly to create a solid network and get in touch with people from totally different backgrounds!

What have you enjoyed most so far?

I have most enjoyed getting to meet other DTC students, all from different backgrounds but sharing the same enthusiasm for science. The annual Summer Conference is also a really good opportunity to keep myself updated on my colleagues’ research while giving us some free time for networking and socialising.

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Joe Butcher

Hometown: Huddersfield

Started in 2014

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I studied Physics at the University of Manchester, seemingly unadventurous but I just wanted to keep going! Covered a whole range of topics – it was a choice between solid state and astrophysics by the time I was finishing.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I always wanted to be a scientist. Before starting my undergraduate degree I had always wanted to be a researcher, making my own (tiny) contribution to human knowledge and this course was a great step into academia.

Why did you choose Manchester?

I chose Manchester mostly because it’s a great city and I love living here, but the research I’d come into contact with during my undergraduate sealed the deal.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The dozens of other people you immediately meet on the course are the biggest benefit, it’s an immediate social group to help you feel settled if you’re coming from outside of Manchester. As the course progresses they also become vital connections, where you can solve a problem you might have by thinking e.g. ‘my friend Matt will know about this.’ It’s this network with around 50 other people that’s best, where conventional PhD students might struggle on in relative isolation. The conferences and funding for secondments are also great.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

The first Summer School in Windsor was great, they remove a little bit of the formality of normal conferences so you feel more at ease.

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Georgia Kime

Hometown: Sheffield

Started in 2014

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

After finishing a physics degree at The University of Sheffield, I travelled around South Asia, Australia and the USA before returning to the UK to work in academic and healthcare administration.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I enjoyed my undergraduate course so much, especially my Masters project in nanowire photonics and I wanted to do more research. While I considered going into an industrial job, I couldn’t think of anywhere else I could have such a varied, interesting, hands-on job in the area that I love.

Why did you choose Manchester?

Having lived in a smaller city, I wanted somewhere larger to explore – there’s so much going on in and around Manchester.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

Picking a PhD project is so difficult, as there are so many topics out there to choose from! I ended up in a project I never would have discovered on my own, as it includes a lot of chemistry (which I’ve not studied since GCSE). Thanks to the CDT course, I could try out new areas and learn new skills before settling into a final research project.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

I love how the CDT has links with different departments. Knowing chemists, biologists and engineers as well as physicists means if I’m ever stuck on something, there’s always someone to ask, and talking about research with others opens up new avenues I’d never have thought of before.

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Aetur Filipe Rodrigues

Hometown: Aveiro, Portugal

Started in 2014

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I obtained an MSc in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. During those 5 years, I was exposed to a variety of disciplines ranging from cell and molecular biology to biochemical engineering. I also undertook 2 research projects, focusing on several areas from material science and drug delivery to bioinformatics, which made me develop several interests.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

Before I did my undergraduate degree, I was keen on becoming a scientist, and my undergraduate research projects only strengthened that interest. Having worked in such different fields and ways of making science, I wanted to do more applied research on developing new technologies for medical purposes. The PhD came as a natural progression to contribute to biomedical research. My interest in the application of nanotechnology in biomedicine came quite shortly after attending a seminar by Eric Drexler at my university at the time.

Why did you choose Manchester?

I wanted to expand my horizons and try to work abroad, and Manchester seemed a great opportunity to further develop my research interests. The CDT provided a very useful platform to gather scientists from so many different areas of science, and the Nanomedicine Lab in particular had a similar philosophy to my interests, where I could work on molecular biology and analytical chemistry, alongside concepts that were new for me such as pharmacology.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

I enjoyed the freedom we had to choose a research project that could be different from our original background. The 6 month introductory period with lectures and small lab projects helped to further develop new interests, and also made me appreciate more what’s so special about graphene and 2D materials. Finally, the opportunity of meeting so many people under similar circumstances when we arrive is comforting not only at a social level but also at a scientific level, because we can find new solutions to old problems when we gather different perspectives from different people.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

I have enjoyed the whole CDT experience, from learning a variety of disciplines to mingling with a huge network of PhD students and other researchers across these 4 years. The summer CDT conference is a great occasion to meet everyone and catch up on everyone’s research.

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Dian Yi

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

Started in 2015

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I spent four years in the University of Manchester to get a MPhys degree from the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

Graphene was the reason why I chose The University of Manchester to study an undergraduate degree six years ago. To gain the best technology and knowledge out of graphene research taking a postgraduate course related to graphene has always been the goal since the very first day of my undergraduate study.

Why did you choose Manchester?

The University of Manchester is where the wonder material graphene was born and where the two Nobel prize winners who discovered graphene work. It also has the famous National Graphene Institute which carries out state-of the-art graphene research. It is the best place to go in the world if you want to pursue a PhD degree related to graphene and that is why I chose it.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

I found the form of bringing people with different nationalities and knowledge background into the same place to communicate and help each other very useful. It is always inspiring to have so many different ideas from your fellow student to stimulate your thought.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

I am working on an industry sponsored project which puts me at an advantage in terms of direct collaboration with industry compared to a normal PhD research project. I found the resources from industry very useful since I have always wanted to set up my own company after my PhD.

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David Brooks

Hometown: Warminster, Wiltshire

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I have come from completing an MSci Chemistry degree at the University of Nottingham. During this time, I also undertook two summer internships, one being within the X-ray crystallography department of the universijfdjety, and the second being for a mobile gaming company in London, where I worked as a data analyst.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I decided during my undergraduate studies that I was keen to pursue a career in science, and felt that undertaking a PhD would be the best step to forward these ambitions.

Why did you choose Manchester?

The Graphene NOWNANO course appealed to me because of its focus on a cutting-edge material that is likely to see widespread application in a variety of important fields in the near future. Manchester, being the home of graphene, offers world-leading facilities and staff in graphene research, and the opportunity to work in this environment attracted me towards it.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The Graphene NOWNANO CDT is unique from most PhD programmes by offering an initial 6-month training period. Coming from a chemistry background, my experience with 2D materials, and more specifically graphene, is limited, and so this offers the opportunity to develop my understanding of the area before committing to a research project. This CDT also has an emphasis on seeing the commercial applications of the research we perform. As a result, I believe this programme will provide me with a strong grounding for a career in either industry or academia.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

My first term lab project has focused around nanomedicine, where I’ve had the chance to learn practical skills I haven’t experienced before, such as in culturing cells.

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Junhao Cai

Hometown: Fuzhou, China

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I completed a BEng in Precision Instruments from Tsinghua University and I minored in Computer Science. After that, I received a MEng in Optical Engineering in the National University of Defense Technology, where I researched high-power ultrafast fibre lasers and supercontinuum light sources.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I undertake the postgraduate course because I think doing research is interesting and I love learning different things. The research of material science and nanoscience is very multidisciplinary, which means it is much easier to come across new bits of knowledge and new situations in other areas. Graphene and two-dimensional materials are miracle materials and fascinate me very much.

Why did you choose Manchester?

The University of Manchester is a great place with clever minds, fascinating facilities and of course, Nobel laureates. Manchester is the home of graphene, where the story began. It is a good choice to do research here. Also, Manchester is a big city, different from those in China, but very nice for living. Last but not least are the football teams.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The CDT offers opportunities for us to be exposed to many fundamental concepts and technologies of nanoscience. It is good to be well prepared for my future PhD study. Choosing the research projects is unusual and very beneficial. I will be able to know what the project is really like by seeing the research facilities myself, talking to a potential supervisor and other researchers.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

Meeting people with very diversified backgrounds. You can always learn from the people in the cohort, the lecturers, tutors and so on. You know who you can turn to to get help when you are in trouble. Also, there are many interesting souls in this cohort. It would be nice to keep and enhance our bindings in the next period.

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Christian Putra Chen

Hometown: Fleetwood

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

Before my PhD with the Graphene NOWNANO CDT, I undertook an integrated master’s degree (MPhys) in Theoretical Physics at Lancaster University.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I spent many of my pre-university years feeling lost with regards to my future. However, in my last year of college I stumbled into the realm of mathematics, and later theoretical physics, and that was it, I’d finally found something that just felt right. I was hooked. Throughout my undergraduate degree, I realised that I truly enjoyed studying, and I had a passion for my subject. This passion became even more apparent during my master’s project, in which I found an unparalleled sense of drive and purpose. Naturally, this led me to consider a PhD as the next step in my journey.

Why did you choose Manchester?

Manchester was first recommended by my master’s project supervisor as a good option for me as someone who is interested, not only in condensed matter theory, but also in the other vast fields of science. Nanoscience being so interdisciplinary in nature, and the uniqueness of the Graphene NOWNANO CDT, further cemented Manchester as my first choice for PhD study.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

A key benefit of the CDT is the insight into other fields associated with nanoscience. The opportunity to approach the interface between the different sciences is invaluable, and the broadening of one’s mind-set that comes along with this is both eye-opening and exciting.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of a cohort composed of many people with different scientific backgrounds. This opens up many avenues to enquire about the different fields we have all studied, all whilst knowing we are all unified through a passion for what we study.

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Adam Paul Draude

Hometown: Silloth, Cumbria

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

MPhys (hons) Physics degree, University of Manchester.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I have had summer jobs in both academia and industry and I have always found research the most enjoyable. Doing a PhD was the natural choice for me.

Why did you choose Manchester?

As an undergraduate here, particularly in my final year, I was exposed to a lot of the multidisciplinary research happening to do with graphene and other nanomaterials and I realised that the home of graphene is still leading the world in this field, so it’s the best place to do a PhD in this area. Also, I’ve grown to love Manchester over the 4 years of my undergraduate degree. There is always something new to discover in this city.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

Choosing a project for a PhD can be a difficult decision. I knew I wanted to do something in nanoscience but I didn’t have a full appreciation of what opportunities there are and what the most promising areas of research are within nanoscience right now. The six month training period of the CDT has opened my eyes to all sorts of exciting areas that I didn’t know about before. I feel that when I do come to choose a project I will be making an informed choice.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

It’s difficult to choose one aspect to be what I have liked the most, but I think working in the National Graphene Institute, alongside world-leading academics in state-of-the-art labs has got to be up there. When I walk in every day I feel like I’m part of something special.

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Cory Emmerson

Hometown: Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

Before starting the Graphene NOWNANO CDT, I did a Master's in Physics at the University of Manchester.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

Postgraduate research in the field of physics, particularly condensed matter physics, has been what I've wanted to do since the 2nd year of my undergraduate studies.

Why did you choose Manchester?

I chose to stay in Manchester because not only do I enjoy the city and what it has to offer, but also that everything I need/want is just a moment away.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

For me, the main reason for joining the CDT over a traditional PhD is the amount of interdisciplinary collaboration seen on a daily basis. Often, a quick discussion with a colleague with a different background is more beneficial than an hour reading a paper on an unfamiliar subject.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

The part that I've enjoyed most so far is meeting everyone on my course. Everyone who I've spoken to and interacted with has been both friendly and helpful. I very much look forward to the rest of my PhD!

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Virgil Gavriliuc

Hometown: Chisinau, Moldova

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I studied an MChem with industrial experience at the University of Manchester with the industrial year spent in the Science and Technology Facilities Council Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

The need of feeding my scientific interests dictated the choice of a postgraduate course. Also, I am motivated by the ability to learn and discover as a part of my daily routine.

Why did you choose Manchester?

I believe Manchester is a world renowned centre for science. The intellectual and materials investment taking place here makes me sure that I will be able to accomplish myself.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The communication and networking opportunities offered by the CDT open a diverse spectrum of views for my further research. The ability to discover the field before undertaking research gives the unique opportunity to develop the scientific skills and mindset that are required for a successful PhD.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

I have enjoyed working within the multidisciplinary environment and having the ability to access world class laboratories and learn from brilliant academics.

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Robert McMaster

Hometown: Holmfirth, near Huddersfield

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

Before starting the Graphene NOWNANO CDT, I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Pure and Applied Physics at the University of Salford, near Manchester. During my time at Salford I spent a year volunteering as a mentor to ‘A’ level physics students at Connell Sixth Form College in Manchester and completed a physics teaching internship at Loretto Sixth Form College and Manchester Enterprise Academy, both in Manchester. Prior to my undergraduate degree I spent many years in fluid systems engineering and manufacturing and also held management positions in both sales and marketing, responsible for UK and European sales distribution networks.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

Towards the end of my undergraduate degree I was seriously considering a career in teaching. However, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the research involved in my final year project investigating the optical properties of materials under high pressure. Having an engineering background I not only want to continue research into materials, but also to use my commercial experience to take my research and produce ‘real world’ practical applications.

Why did you choose Manchester?

Although I now live in Yorkshire, I have spent many years living and working in and around Manchester. It has a fantastic cultural and commercial history with many innovations due to collaborations between industry and the city’s universities. The isolation of graphene at the University of Manchester and the development of related 2D materials and their combinations, means that to me Manchester has to be the place if you are serious about materials research and innovating new applications.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The Graphene NOWNANO CDT is interdisciplinary with students having physics, chemistry, engineering, biology and many others with STEM subject backgrounds all coming together to train in the science of nanomaterials. Such materials cut across conventional STEM subject boundaries and to understand their applications, the CDT ensures that you work out of the comfort zone of your own discipline to learn new skills, with the help of your fellow CDT students. The benefit of such an interdisciplinary CDT is that it opens up areas of research that I probably would not have considered in a conventional PhD programme.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

So far I have enjoyed working in a biochemistry lab learning new skills of how to grow biological cells and seeding them with 2D materials to investigate how they interact with nanomaterials. I have then been able to combine this with skills I already have from my undergraduate project examining the cells using optical spectroscopy. It has also been enjoyable to meet and learn from experienced scientists from different disciplines as well as scientists from other institutions, both here in the UK and worldwide.

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Robert McNair

Hometown: Stockport

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

After graduating university in July 2016, I began a job as a Rating Researcher based in Manchester. I left this role in March 2017 to travel around South East Asia for 6 months before starting my PhD.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

Internships and projects at university led me to working in a variety of research groups. I felt that research was something that I excelled at and enjoyed at the same time. It is also an excellent qualification which could open up career opportunities in the future.

Why did you choose Manchester?

My hometown is Stockport and I have lived in and around Manchester fort most of my life. The chance to stay close by to friends and family whilst studying at the university was a big factor in my choosing The University of Manchester.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The CDT allows you to get a good knowledge base before selecting your project. This is essential when picking something which you will become immersed in for the subsequent three years. The opportunities offered outside of the research aspect were also why the CDT was an attractive option.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

The most enjoyable part so far has been meeting like-minded people at the same point in their careers. The CDT has meant that integration within the cohort has been easy. I have also enjoyed seeing the different research areas in the university due to the interdisciplinary nature of the CDT.

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Conor O'Brien

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I attended Trinity College Dublin, where I completed a degree in Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

Following my undergraduate studies I still wanted to learn more, in particular about nanoscience and two dimensional materials.

Why did you choose Manchester?

Manchester and 2D materials (notably graphene) have always gone together, and so it seemed a logical choice to move to Manchester to study such a specific subject.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

I appreciate the opportunity to get to know many of the academics before committing to a project for the next few years.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

The laid back environment of the CDT, together with the similar personalities within the cohort has made the transition to a new country quite an easy task.

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Bonnie Tsim

Hometown: Walsall

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I did a degree in MPhys Theoretical Physics at Lancaster University. While at Lancaster, I completed an internship in the Physics department’s Quantum Technology Centre and I also undertook a Teach Physics internship at a local secondary school. My Masters project was on the Exceptional Points of Topological States.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I wanted to continue to learn more about a subject I enjoy and to undertake a long term research project as part of a PhD as I enjoyed doing research in my undergraduate degree.

Why did you choose Manchester?

Manchester is home to the National Graphene Institute and I wanted the opportunity to work with and learn from both my peers and the numerous experienced academics within Manchester.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The CDT means that I have the opportunity to network with more staff and students. It also gives me the opportunity to learn a broad curriculum within the field of nanoscience during the first 6 months. As a theorist, I get to experience doing short lab projects which give me insight into the workings of experimentalists. This is useful experience for doing collaborations in the future.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

So far, I have enjoyed meeting different students within the various CDT cohorts and I have enjoyed working with different academics on different projects.

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Joshua Wengraf

Hometown: Coventry

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I studied a Master of Physics (MPhys) degree at The University of Manchester. I also did a research project at the York Plasma Institute (YPI) for a couple of months during the summer following the penultimate year of my degree, simulating 1D electron transport in the presence of an applied magnetic field.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

From my perspective the PhD course is essentially a step towards a career in research. I decided upon this career after being exposed to research during my undergraduate degree, specifically, in projects undertaken during my 3rd and 4th year. I am interested in research because I enjoy investigating and solving difficult problems and I like the prospect of discovering a new principle that might improve modern life.

Why did you choose Manchester?

I believe the University of Manchester is one of the best places in the world to study 2D materials. After graphene was first isolated at the university, Manchester has become a centre for graphene and related 2D materials. Furthermore, excellent new facilities including the National Graphene Institute and the Graphene Innovation Centre demonstrate confidence that Manchester will remain an outstanding place to study for many years.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The CDT provides an excellent opportunity to explore new areas of study before choosing a specific PhD topic. I have enjoyed exposure to subjects I hadn’t previously considered before in lectures, lab projects and research projects and I am finding it useful to work with students from different academic backgrounds. I also find it useful to have the opportunity to talk about my PhD choices with potential supervisors and students from previous years.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

I have most enjoyed my enquiry based learning (EBL) research project. In this project I am exploring an area of study I have not previously encountered. I particularly enjoy the freedom to ask, and answer, my own research questions.

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Astrid Weston

Hometown: Bicester

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

I have recently completed an integrated master’s degree in materials science and engineering with industrial experience undertaken at the University of Manchester.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

After a year of working in research and development in an industrial setting as part of my master’s degree, it was clear to me that I wanted to become a research scientist and I also needed the chance to pursue my research interests in my own personal way.

Why did you choose Manchester?

The University of Manchester, and the School of Materials in particular, have already offered me lots of opportunities and support in the past and it helps that they have some fantastic academics.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

The CDT helps you ease into a PhD much more smoothly and gives you a chance to get your bearings.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

This year’s cohort are a lovely group of people.

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Tongcheng Yu

Hometown: Jingzhou, China

Started in 2017

What did you do before undertaking your PhD?

Before undertaking this PhD, I finished my undergraduate degree in the National University of Defense Technology in China, majoring in optical engineering.

Why did you decide to undertake a postgraduate course?

I enjoyed science and I wanted to work in a scientific field. Studying a PhD can greatly develop my research abilities and many professional skills.

Why did you choose Manchester?

Manchester is a fantastic place with a long scientific history and it is the home of graphene. I wanted to do research related with graphene and there is no better place than Manchester.

What are the benefits of the CDT for you?

There is a class called Qian class during my undergraduate courses, which involves students from different majors. Students can communicate with other students who study in a totally different field. This is helpful for developing our scientific and interdisciplinary thinking. The CDT has the same meaning for me. We can make friends from different backgrounds who are going to work on different programs and scientific fields. It’s really fantastic.

What have you enjoyed most so far?

We have different groups for different classes, which I enjoy the most. Group discussion is really interesting and I can always learn a lot.

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