I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Coimbra (Portugal) in 2006. In the last years of my degree I worked on design and research projects focusing on biofuels and alternative strategies for the treatment of industrial effluents using catalytic oxidation. While participating in these projects I gained a lot of interest in catalysis and reaction engineering and I found great challenges in the fields of green and environmentally friendly technologies. I also got really enthusiastic about doing research and that led me to apply for a PhD!
The excellence of the University of Cambridge, its international spirit and the outstanding quality of its research put Cambridge at the top of my list of options. Initially, I was intimidated by the application process, but soon I realised that it was in fact really easy and that all the academic and administrative staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
I am now working at the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre under the supervision of Prof Lynn Gladden. My project makes use of a wide range of magnetic resonance techniques, using both spectroscopy and imaging, to study catalytic reactors. It is certainly a unique opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary project combining reaction engineering and cutting-edge measurement techniques. At the MRRC, I found an excellent team of researchers and a great level of interaction.
After a hard day's work, I appreciate the opportunity to relax in multicultural environment of my college. Living at Wolfson, a graduate college, gave me the opportunity to meet friends from all over the world and to try numerous cultural, social and sports activities. I have found myself playing a variety of sports from squash, badminton and tennis to swimming and, of course, cycling all day! The university has a wide variety of cultural, social and sport societies with which you can engage. At the Cambridge University Technological and Enterprise Club I learnt about technological entrepreneurship and I participated in the organisation of several events on this theme.
Cambridge is certainly the best university to enjoy both research and social life!