I've been motivated to pursue chemistry ever since Year 10 at school; unlocking the secrets of the physical world and using them for creative applications was just as alluring to me then as it is now.
Studying at the University has not only exposed me to interesting research opportunities, but has greatly facilitated networking amongst academic and industrial contacts as well. This is of particular importance to me, as I plan to cultivate as many scientific career options as possible before my PhD finishes.
The University of Melbourne has an excellent reputation for being well-known and well-connected in a variety of circles across industry and academia, and it was this opportunity for networking which ranked highly amongst my reasons for studying at the University.
The main highlight of my studies was publishing a detailed review paper finally explaining a reaction which has been widely used yet misunderstood for over 100 years!
Doing research requires that you love what you do, as the motivation has to come from yourself, and not your supervisor. It's an exciting way to indulge your curiosity, particularly if you love problem-solving and understanding what truly makes things work, and it's up to you as a communicator to explain to people why your work is valuable and what can be gained from it.
Edward was awarded the Young Scientist Research Prize in Physical Science for 2015.