Monica Jung De Andrade
Materials engineering and Master at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Université Paul Sabatier (France) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande o Sul (Brazil) with period at Max-Planck Institute (Germany).
Post-doc (associate researcher)
University of Texas in Dallas (USA)
Favourite thing to do in my job: I have the chance to work at the edge of the knowledge in the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology, and make small contributions to advance science and technology to improve the quality of life, while consciously using the available environmental resources.
Over the shoulders of giants, to make small contributions for science by fabricating building blocks in the nanoscale (ex: nanotubes, nanowires, nanospheres), characterizing those nanomaterials and using it to prepare hybrid or composite structures/materials.
My Typical Day
I'm always learning something new! Each day can be quite different, so I'll enumerate some of the activities as a researcher: (i) to fabricate new materials and structures, (ii) to characterize these materials, (iii) to identify how can I improve the properties of the material (by changing its morphology at the (sub-)microscopic level, for instance), (iv) to use these nanomaterials to create new composites or hybrid materials, (v) to characterize the hybrid/composite materials, (vi) to translate my observations into words for presentations, articles or while inspiring new students towards STEM fields, (vii) to interact with other peers so to better understand science and to synergistically work towards common goals.
What I'd do with the prize money
I would like to invest it in ways to aid to promote science for society. For instance, use it to produce didactic materials for schools. I would like to bring alive science even at the most remote schools by interactive ways and videos! I think a good camera would help on that! In terms of didactic materials, I already did an interview documentary with a professor before and I was also involved in a book (as editor and writer).
It is already to be released one of the books dedicated for students in which I took part with a great team in order to promote nanostructured materials in the field of engineering. The book can be found here:
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, determined and affectionated.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn’t know exactly. I just knew I love maths, physics, biology and chemistry.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Mostly I prefer instrumental music, but I also like bossa nova from Tom Jobim, or jazz from Frank Sinatra, for instance.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
To go in a solo trip that I decided in a last minute and during the whole trip I always decided the next stop at the train station. Spontaneity gives a special spark to life! :D
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
(1) Eventually build my own family close to my family; (2) To have my own company (and be my own boss); (3) To inspire others and advocate about science and its discoveries.