This week it’s my turn to introduce myself. My name is Alyssa van den Boom, I am 23 years old, and as you can probably guess from my name, I was born in the Netherlands, surrounded by the cows and meadows of Dedemsvaart. Even though I only just started my PhD (November 2018), I am not entirely new to Wageningen or the chair group. I studied Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University, and both my Bachelor and Master theses were completed at Organic Chemistry. And now I’m back as a PhD student, which should tell you how nice it is to work at Organic Chemistry. Not only because of the people here, but also because of the research.
So, let’s talk more about the research. During my Master thesis, I worked on the functionalization of silicon nanoparticles. My main goal was to design a fast method for the attachment of a monolayer to the surface of these nanoparticles. In my PhD, I will continue working on the nanoparticles, but now I will try to tune the emission spectrum to the infrared. Then, later on, I can use these particles in a sensitizing layer for next-generation solar cells. At the end of my PhD, I hope to (with some help from collaborators) construct an extremely efficient solar cell.
What drew me to this project was the clear application of the research, and the fact that I would be working on generating sustainable energy, which is vital for the future of the planet. But apart from work, there should of course also be time for hobbies. For me, my spare time is filled with playing the harp, reading books, watching series, and of course, like a typical Dutch person, riding my bike across the flat roads of the Netherlands.
I look forward to visiting Israel and experiencing the research and culture there. And hopefully, in my next blog post, I will be able to tell a bit more about my research and results.
Alyssa van den Boom