My name is William and I am a Doctor in the field of physics since October 2018. The story started nine years ago. Young college graduate, I had one goal, get a PhD. I went to the UK to get a Bachelor's degree in the field of chemistry at Cardiff University. During these studies I discovered the incredible world of the nanosciences (i.e. the infinitely small) and particularly, the remarkable properties that gold has at this scale. After a Master's degree in materials chemistry back in Paris at Sorbonne University, I was looking for a Ph. The ideal project was proposed by Dr. Yves Borensztein at the Paris Institute of Nanosciences. The goal was to study and develop a gas sensor (e.g. hydrogen) using gold nanoparticles. My training as a chemist did not hinder my work regarding this physical study. On the contrary, it gave me a different perspective from my supervisor and allowed us to well undertake this project. The sensor was operating with a higher performance than what was commercially available. I thought that filing a patent on this new technology would be ideal.
The advantage of the PhD is that it gives the future doctor considerable skills and abilities. Indeed, neither my supervisor nor I knew anything about patents or intellectual properties. This did not stop me from approaching the CNRS and filing the patent on Friday, October 5th, 2018. Why do I give you the date? Because my defence was held the following Monday. No need to explain the pressure endured to get everything done in time.
The skills acquired during a PhD are far too numerous to mention here. But I can tell you that in addition to a scientific expertise in the field studied. A doctor develops a plethora of skills such as intellectual property, communication, scientific writing, the ability to speak in public, and worked under pressure on areas that were foreign to him.
Today I want to apply these skills to repair our world, especially to tackle the environmental problem. My work on hydrogen convinced me that this gas is a real solution to solve these problems and it is in this area that I want to apply my knowledge and skills.