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For the Love of the Lab

UNCG pupil Sajedeh Pourianejad, PhD ’21, is rarely happier than when researching the tiniest supplies.

Pourianejad—a local of Iran—is at the moment a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Middle for Built-in Quantum Supplies. The chance got here throughout her final semester at UNCG’s Joint Faculty of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience (JSNN), when Sajedeh met a Howard researcher searching for a postdoc. The 2 made a great match and shortly have been collaborating on a analysis venture with Harvard.

In her analysis, Pourianejad works with graphene, a by-product of graphite that could be a single layer of carbon atoms. It’s sturdy, extremely conductive, and operates as a sensor. The work has led to the fabrication of a tool with biosensing purposes which has the potential to make main contributions to medical prognosis and remedy, air pollution management, and security management.

“It is very thrilling,” she says. “The supplies we’re engaged on are superior. The conductivity of graphene is the very best on the earth. We’re in a very good place [to develop something major] however we’ve a protracted journey forward. We’re within the stone age of graphene,” which was solely found in 2004.

Tutorial Beginnings

Since first grade in her native Iran, Pourianejad has beloved faculty. From day one, she excelled in science and math, and beloved artwork. In highschool, her different pursuits and strengths made her laborious to decide on an space of ​​focus. However though she was gifted in drawing and portray, her lecturers inspired her to pursue arithmetic and physics, foreseeing a promising future as a scientist.

The subsequent step was incomes a bachelor’s diploma in administration and utilized physics at Azad College, the place she found nanoscience as “the science of the longer term. All others [science] majors want it,” she says. “As a scientist, you are lacking one thing with out it.” So she pursued a grasp’s in nanophysics on the College of Isfahan after which felt able to be impartial and to review overseas.

UNCG aids Worldwide Pupil Success

In researching American universities, Pourianejad was particularly impressed by UNCG’s vary of scientific disciplines and significantly its power in nanoscience. That blend is ​​precisely what she was searching for and Greensboro, UNCG and the Joint Faculty of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering turned her de ella’s subsequent residence.

“I used to be very fortunate,” she says. “There have been college students from so many alternative scientific backgrounds – physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, materials science. I felt I might select something I wished.”

She was admitted to a number of departments, however entered the Joint Faculty of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, the place she studied two-dimensional supplies below the steerage of Dr. Tetyana Ignatova. She stayed 4 and a half years and earned a grasp’s and a doctorate. Although she was removed from her household, she by no means felt homesick, she says, as a result of she made so many buddies.

Analysis Appears like Dwelling

Pourianejad’s present analysis pursuits will proceed one other yr at Harvard’s Middle for Built-in Quantum Supplies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which reminds her of her hometown in Iran.

When she finishes her postdoc, Pourianejad does not know whether or not she’ll keep in academia or go into trade. Although faculty has been her de ella “second residence” de ella since first grade, she wish to achieve trade expertise. Both method, she is aware of what she’ll be doing: “I like analysis,” she says.

Story by Mary Day by day for Manning Phrases, Inc.

{Photograph} courtesy of Sajedeh Pourianejad

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