Abhishek ROY: Try to Learn from Your Observations and Enjoy the Journey
Date: 2021-10-30
Source: WLA
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Q & A with WLA

Q: What is your early inspiration of doing science?
A: When I was in high school, our school organized a Science Fair and I had participated in it with an exhibit (magic writing - invisible letters). I think this was my early inspiration of doing Science had come from.

Q: Do you have any scientific hero(es)? If so, how did he/she inspire you? 
A: At each stage of my career, I have scientific heroes. Starting from high school, our Physical Science and Mathematics teachers always inspired me with their logical way of solving problems. Fortunately, I had a chance to work with finest scientists and Nobel laureates during my postdoctoral research career. Their way of choosing research topics/problems and their approaches in analysis/interpretation of experimental data is always inspiring to me.  

Q: What is the best advice that you have received?
A: “Success and Failure are just two obvious outcomes of any experiment (in science or life) but try to learn from your observations and enjoy the journey”.

Q: What is your greatest achievement so far?
A: As a synthetic chemist, I have been synthesizing molecules and macromolecules from bottom-up approaches. Recently, I have learned completely different set of skills (from my organic chemistry) and building molecular-scale architectures using 2D materials. I could fabricate a capillary (pipe) that can only allow one-water molecule thick flow.

Q: What is your research goal?
A: To establish a research group in the forefront of single molecular chemistry and devices.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Talking to and working very smart and brilliant people (students and colleagues) at work.

Q: Would you like to share with us some of your unforgettable experience?
A: So far I have two unforgettable experiences in my scientific career. When I receive offer letter from Prof Klaus Muellen and Sir Andre Geim to join their research group as research associate (postdoc).