The PhD thesis was supervised by Agustín Mihi (NANOPTO Group). The PhD Committee that evaluated the Thesis was formed by Elvira Fortunato, NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT-UNL) (President), Gemma Rius, IMB-CNM-CSIC (Secretary), and Valerio Pruneri, ICFO (Vocal).
Camilla's PhD thesis was part of the PhD Programme in Materials Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Gemma Rius (Secretary), Dr. Camilla Dore, and Agustín Mihi (Supervisor).
Why did you choose the ICMAB for your PhD?
I found a PhD position here on a topic that I was interested in.
How would you explain your research to a non-scientific audience?
I developed different nanostructures that interact with light using a non-toxic and ecofriendly material based on cellulose. To do so I employed non-conventional nanofabrication techniques that use soft stamp to imprint a desired geometry into a tailored material. Those nanofabrication techniques have a lower cost compared to the traditional ones employed in electronic manufacturing and allow for cleaner and more sustainable processes.
What are the main applications of your research? Could you give us an example?
The structures I fabricate could be potentially implemented in a huge number of fields: structural color generation, biosensing, enhancement of light emitting devices or solar cells performances, transparent, flexible, and biodegradable electronics, optical security, green nanofabrication.
From the lessons learnt here, which one do you value the most?
It matters much more the way you sell what you do than its real value.
What will you miss the most from ICMAB?
The friendly environment.
How do you think this experience will contribute to your training and to your future?
I learn how to plan and manage projects independently and to find by myself a way to solve any problem that can arise.
What are your plans once you finish your PhD?
I really don’t know.
What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your PhD, that now you can recommend to the ones who are starting?
Nobody knows better than you the project you are working on, so trust your own ideas and try to become an expert on the topic you are interested in (talk with other people, read a lot of reviews, participate in exchanges, short stays, schools and complementary programs). If you have the feeling a project in not going in the right direction, there is nothing bad in leaving it and starting a new one.
Why did you become a scientist? Which have been your role models?
I don’t really consider myself a scientist.
Which is your favourite female scientist?
Describe in 3 keywords…
- Your research: photonic flexible cellulose
- Barcelona: Sea, Mountains, Sun
- Your experience at ICMAB: Interesting, Enjoyable, Friendly