As a research engineer in the Materials Science and Chemistry Department at A*STAR's IHPC, I am part of the team developing an automated workflow for the high-throughput screening of heterogeneous catalysts under the Accelerated Catalyst Development Platform (ACDP). Passionate about the mission for a sustainable future, I aspire to use automation and programming to discover greener catalysts for industrial processes. Currently, I am working on screening better catalysts for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to renewable fuels and chemical feedstocks. What are your motivations for getting into this field of research?
As a chemist with an engineer's heart, I am passionate about fundamental research with practical applications. Through my academic training and research internships, I discovered my passion for materials research, where I am most excited to work at the nexus of chemistry, physics, and material science to solve real-world problems. Driven by my expanding interests in automation and programming, I aspire to develop accurate theoretical models and efficient simulation methods to accelerate materials research and discovery. What does being a woman in science today mean to you?
Being a woman in science today is very exciting, empowering, and purposeful for me—I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given to work in the research areas I am passionate about. I feel challenged by my work and excited about the fascinating problems I get to tackle. I also feel a strong sense of responsibility and motivation to support my fellow female colleagues and improve diversity & inclusivity in science.
Women are still vastly underrepresented across scientific fields. I feel incredibly fortunate to have many extraordinary female scientists as mentors and role models. Hence, encouraging and supporting women in science is a cause close to my heart, and I derive a sense of purpose from my volunteering work in science outreach and communication. I hope more scientists could actively engage in mentoring and community outreach. Together, we can help drive progress in equality & accessibility for STEM education and improve diversity in science.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
I personally find that a moderate amount of pressure helps me stay focused, motivated, and productive. When there are multiple assignments or upcoming deadlines, I manage stress by being organised, prioritising the important tasks, and sticking to a plan. If I ever feel the stress becomes overwhelming, I would go for a jog and then get a good night's sleep. Exercise and ample sleep always allow me to clear my head and resume the task with a fresh slate.
What is your most outstanding achievement(s) to date?
I am still at a very early stage of my science career, so I think I have yet to make a truly outstanding scientific achievement. Nevertheless, I always strive to do my best in every stage of my education and career. As of now, I am proud to have graduated from Imperial College London as the top BSc Chemistry student in my cohort and forged lasting friendships in college. I am beyond excited to further explore my passion for computational materials research during my PhD studies. In the years to come, I look forward to contributing to research discovery and bringing value to society.