What have you learned from the InnoEnergy PhD School’s programme?
The course on energy economics was particularly interesting because it made me realise that it’s not just the science that matters. To create an impact you also need to look at the economic value of the project. When you know a bit about economics and management, you understand much more about your own project and why it was financed. It empowers you to successfully pitch your project because you realise where it is most applicable and consequently where to look for grants. That’s really valuable.
How have you managed the InnoEnergy PhD School activities with your research?
The good thing with the PhD School is that there are a lot of options. There are a lot of activities to choose from, so as a student you can choose which are interesting, and decide how to make them applicable to your project.
What have been the main benefits of participating in the InnoEnergy PhD School?
I think where it will help me most is in realising the impact of my research. As researchers we are so engrossed in our projects that we lose sight of the bigger picture. In the scientific disciplines there are a lot of roadblocks because things often don’t work the way you want. But when you have the bigger picture, it keeps you motivated.
Where will the skills you have gained take you in the future?
I would eventually like to work for myself as an entrepreneur. If we manage to make these sapphire crystals I’d like to develop different applications, develop a business case and maybe promote and build up the market for them. I think that’s where the people who are with the PhD School have an edge: we can see the bigger impact of our research. It’s a different approach and it’s more suitable for industries and more useful in the market.