Congratulations, Roselle! What was your immediate reaction when you found out you were one of the Excellence PhD position winners?
“I was overwhelmed when I received the call, it was unbelievable. Nonetheless, I was very happy to share the news with my family. I cannot express how grateful I am to be given this opportunity. Now that everything has settled a bit, I am enjoying the last months of my master study while looking forward to the start of a new research journey.”
And what will be the research subject for your future PhD?
“For my PhD, I plan to work on several stacks of 2D materials with graphene to investigate spin transport while incorporating different effects - proximity effect, spin-orbit coupling, moire pattern in bilayer graphene - in one device.”
How come you decided to apply for the Nano Excellence PhD position?
“As I was working on my master thesis, I came to appreciate the complexity and potential of spintronics and the challenge that comes with doing fundamental research in this field. I wanted to continue working in this field and in the same group, supervised by Saroj Dash, as I find the working dynamics of the group to be conducive. Luckily, the research field is well-aligned with the initiative of Nano Excellence PhD, and so I took the chance and applied for it.”
What made you get into the nano field in the first place? What’s the attraction?
“After my bachelor study, I was briefly hired as a research assistant at my university in the Philippines. During my work, I came to realize that I needed to hone my knowledge and skills to be an effective researcher. In order to fully understand how devices work, it is very important to know what happens at the most fundamental scale - nano scale. How electrons behave, how materials interact - analogous to what Antoine de Saint-Exupery wrote: 'What is essential is invisible to the eye'. And so, I applied for Erasmus Mundus Master Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, which started my career in the Nano field.”
What are your long-term hopes and future prospects?
“For the future, I can still see myself in the academia. I enjoy the learning environment that universities foster while having the independence to do research.”
Thank you and – again - congratulations, Roselle!