I went to school and college (Chemistry) in Brazil. Then did a year of my undergraduate course at Trinity College Dublin, and came back for my PhD
Before doing the PhD I have worked for Procter & Gamble (the company who does lots of shampoos and laundry detergents), but it had nothing to do with chemistry.
Computational Chemistry researcher at Trinity College Dublin
About Me: Computational Chemistry PhD student
I am a 26-year-old chemistry PhD. I’m Brazilian, and have been living in Ireland for 2 and a half years.
My Work: Computational Chemistry
I am a chemist, but not the usual type. I don’t work in a lab wearing goggles, gloves and a lab coat, as most of you must think scientists do. I’m a computational chemistry, so what I actually do is simulate things in a computer to study and understand the chemistry behind it and the behavior of different materials.
My work day starts at around 10 am and I usually have no idea of when I’ll be going back home. I usually divide my day in three parts:
(1) Writing – as a PhD student I have a lot of writing to do! Writing papers (articles that are published in journals), book chapters (we do write parts of actual books) and progress reports regarding my PhD (parts of my thesis that need to be written along the 4 years)
(2) Actual work – setting up simulations of my chemical systems (right now I’m simulating a material which is a type of ceramic) and analyzing my results.
(3) Teaching duties – PhD students usually teach and do some lab demonstration for college students. So I have to demonstrate some labs along the week, and then correct lab reports/assignments from my students.
I am usually part of Chemistry/Science fairs to secondary school students or general public. In these fairs, the Science stand has always some cool experiments going on. I will probably use the money to buy new equipment allowing new experiments to be performed in these fairs.
What's your favourite food?
Pizza. Or poached eggs on toast.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had absolutely no idea. Decided for teaching a couple of years later.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not that I remember
What was your favourite subject at school?
Chemistry (no surprise here) and Maths
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
All my teachers along the way
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
I have no idea. Probably a food critic? Professional restaurant reviewer?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Eat everything I want and do not put on any weight, unlimited money, read other people's thoughts.
Tell us a joke.
Why are physicists always sad? Because gravity is keeping them down (I know, it's a terrible joke).