07 February 2024. Brought to you by Chris Hamlett.

 Ambreen Tajmal 

What is your current job / programme of study? 

I’m a first-year Ph.D. student at Queen Mary University of London, researching superhydrophobic nanocomposites for advanced surface engineering applications.

What A-Levels (or equivalent) did you do? 

Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths.

Why did you chose a career in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)? 

After completing my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, I chose to specialize in the field of materials science and engineering. I appreciate the practical applications of materials science and engineering in addressing real-world challenges, such as enhancing mechanism efficiency and durability through the development of advanced materials. This aspect of the course greatly captivated my interest and motivated me to delve deeper into the field of nano-composites.

What did you enjoy most about your MSE course? (If you didn’t do a MSE course which course did you do and what led to you MSE?) 

I derive immense satisfaction from delving into the practical applications of Materials Science and its utilization. Given that all materials exist in nature, Materials Science endeavours to emulate nature’s principles to make meaningful contributions to society.

What is your research about?  

My area of research pertains to superhydrophobic nanocomposites, which are materials specifically engineered to exhibit an extraordinary ability to repel water. Comprised of nano-sized particles, these nanocomposites are designed to possess exceptional water-repelling properties, rendering them applicable in various areas such as self-cleaning surfaces, anti-icing coatings, and waterproofing materials.

What is the coolest thing you have done in your career so far?  

The most significant accomplishment in my career to date has been the consistent attainment of scholarships throughout my academic journey. As I pursue my PhD, I am honoured to be the recipient of a scholarship funded by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Queen Mary University of London.

What do you see yourself doing in the future? 

In the future, I see myself continuing to teach and conduct research, while also pursuing postdoctoral studies. 

What is your favourite material (and why)?  

My favourite material is carbon nanotube-reinforced polymers due to their exceptional properties, making them highly versatile and valuable for a range of industrial applications.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self? 

I would advise myself to prioritize personal growth, explore diverse interests, and seize every opportunity that comes my way.