Post school journey
I studied a Bachelor of Advanced Science at the University of Sydney, majoring in chemistry and physics. I spent 18 months working at the National Measurement Institute, where I developed screening protocols for performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. I studied for a period at Nanjing University in China, as well as at Monash University and the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne.
After spending time in rural NSW, I began focusing on developing renewable energy, sustainable processing, and ways to transition Australia to a carbon-neutral economy. To continue this work, I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, working in the School of Chemistry’s Functional Energy Materials division. My research concerns engineering different types of battery materials and solar panels, making them more efficient, more recyclable, and more widely accessible for Australia’s rural farming communities.
The CCGS experience that most prepared you for where you are now
I was very privileged with the opportunities CCGS offered me, and I wanted to try everything I could. A lot of those experiences sculpted what I now do every day.
I participated in the humanitarian tour to Cambodia, now I volunteer in remote communities doing farm work. I first started Debating and Public Speaking for Acacia in the house competition, and now I present my research work to large international audiences of experts at conferences. I first learned the importance of teamwork by playing Rugby Union and Cricket for CCGS, now I lead my own research projects and collaborations with other academics all around the world.
Although I never realised it at the time, the opportunities offered at CCGS gave me the chance to develop the skills and values I would rely on later in life.
Proudest moment post school
This year, I have been given the opportunity to present our research group’s latest work on batteries and sustainability at a variety of conferences, including at Auckland in New Zealand, and Prague in the Czech Republic. In Prague, I was the youngest and most junior researcher presenting their work, which allowed me to meet and network with some incredibly influential people.
Last year, I was named an Australian Fulbright Future Now Scholar. This award aims to assist young professionals by partnering them with the world’s leading experts in their field. As a result, I am currently preparing myself to spend eight months in Paris and New York to work on projects concerning the safe storage of nuclear waste and to continue our development of battery materials. This is a tremendous opportunity that will allow our research group to work at the forefront of renewable energy technology.
Advice to your Year 12 self
Take every opportunity that comes your way to get out of your comfort zone. That way, you’re constantly investing in your own skills and attributes. Having unique skills will help in pursuing the work you’re passionate about.