Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, Imperial College London

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Be kind but be brave, you will probably need to push past stereotypes.

Adriana Navarro-Suárez

What do you do?

I am a researcher working on materials for energy storage devices such as batteries and supercapacitors. These devices allow you to store the energy so you can use it when you need it.

Why did you choose this field?

Curiosity took me to study chemistry at the university, but while in there I had an excellent professor who helped me falling in love with electrochemistry. Since the beginning of my undergrad until now there is not one day that I haven't learned something new and exciting.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Getting a PhD and studying abroad were things that I always thought only rich people could do. Fortunately my mom encouraged me to study hard and apply for fellowships, thanks to that I barely paid anything for my undergrad and nothing for my master nor my PhD.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I absolutely love that moment when you find something in the lab that no one has ever seen before. Then you create hypothesis on what's happening and start making more experiments that might prove your ideas or give you new ones. I just really love playing with science!

Best advice for next generation?

Be kind but be brave, you will probably need to push past gender (and maybe other) stereotypes, prove them wrong.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” – Alan Turing

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