Dr. Laia Soler, former PhD researcher under the supervision of Prof. Xavier Obradors and Dr. Susagna Ricart (Superconducting and Large Scale Nanostructures group at ICMAB) defended her PhD thesis entitled "Liquid-assisted ultrafast growth of superconducting films derived from chemical solutions" publicly on 1 March 2019 at the ICMAB-CSIC Auditorium. We have interviewed her to know a little bit more about her PhD and her life at the ICMAB!
During an internship in the group I became interested in this research field.
We synthesize tapes able conduct electricity without losses. Particularly, we developed a methodology for enhancing the manufacturing throughput and reduce the production costs to make these materials feasible in a widespread number of applications
High temperature superconductors can be integrated into systems with applications on energy efficiency, but they are also the only solution for devices requiring high magnetic fields. Some examples are high efficient power cables, transformers or motors; superconducting magnetic energy storage, high field magnets, fault current limiters, etc
I have grown as a professional, but I have also met many interesting people that I take as friends and with whom I have had an amazing time here.
A PhD teaches you how to solve problems, plan roadmaps, collaborate and face failure, for instance. These are attitudes valuable not only in academia.
I am planning now a long trip as a break and to decide about my professional future.
How quickly time passes by
Just because I was curious.
Her PhD Committee was formed by Juan-Manuel García Ruiz (IACT-CSIC, Spain), Felip Sandiumenge i Ortiz (ICMAB-CSIC, Spain) and Bartlomeij Andrezej Glowacki (University of Cambridge, UK).