• Question: How do you think your work is making an impact on the world?

    Asked by imma_covalent_network2249 to Sylvia, Sumit, Martin, Kate, Bryony, Aryanne on 4 Mar 2019. This question was also asked by 975mecq36, Minimacman.
    • Photo: Martin McCoustra

      Martin McCoustra answered on 4 Mar 2019:

      Yes… I know that my colleagues in astronomy use our results to help them understand how stars and planets form. But I also know that those research students and research assistants that have gone on to careers in industry and academia are making a positive contribution to society.

    • Photo: Sylvia Soldatou

      Sylvia Soldatou answered on 4 Mar 2019:

      I am trying to disciver new antibiotics from marine sources. Even though the process from discovery to the market can take up to 20 years, I hope to find new molecules that can kill pathogenic bacteria

    • Photo: Sumit Konar

      Sumit Konar answered on 5 Mar 2019:

      I have been working in two projects that will be helpful for rural areas in India and other similar places where you have plenty of sunlights; 1st project is to clean water using very small amount of catalyst and Sunlight. The photo-catalysis will help to kill the bacteria and other pollutants in water. My 2nd project will store sunlight in a phase change material and can be used as cooking food at night. Solar-cooking will reduce the fuel consumption and pollution related to smoke.
      I also study pharmaceutical drugs, and try to make them more compact (that is more dense). I am currently working on Galunisertib and I am able to make a new form of that drug.
      I also test explosives (TNT) under pressure to check their safety. This is extremely important for better understanding of explosives.

    • Photo: Kate McGonagle

      Kate McGonagle answered on 5 Mar 2019:

      Helloooo, I’m working to find new medicines for neglected and tropical diseases so if the project is successful it could have a huge impact on a lot of people who are currently suffering horrible illness. That’s why I’m so motivated to do what I do!