I am a huge nerd currently in my first year of a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
What are you researching and what do you hope comes out of your research?
I am researching a new method of producing nanocrystalline silver. Nanocrystalline silver is used in medical products as a source of active silver particles which provide antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects to treat patients struggling with chronically infected wounds and burns. I hope my research reduces the production cost and increases the quality of nanocrystalline silver to increase its potential uses and improve efficacy.
How did presenting a Three Minute Thesis (3MT) help explain your research?
I focus on explaining the core technical aspects of my research in an approachable manner to showcase the amazing potential of modern materials engineering for medical purposes.
Define "For the Public Good" in your own words.
For me, it means being part of the process to advance our knowledge so further breakthroughs can be made in the future while also using current technology to the best of our ability — to produce useful and meaningful products to help those in the present.
What inspires you to do research?
I love biology and metal-based nanoscience and this research lets me dig deeper into both. More importantly, my research allows me to help people struggling with medical difficulties which is my core motivation.
If you have to dedicate your research to anyone from the past, present, or future, who would it be and why?
My dad. He is an engineer who was always tinkering with things around the house when I was growing up and encouraged med to be curious about the world.
3MT Keywords: perfectly imperfect silver