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Valentina Guerra

Valentina Guerra

EngD Student

EngD title: Optimal incorporation of 2D materials into thermoplastic polymer to improve thermal conductivity

What was your background and why did you decide to study for a PhD at WMG?

I am an industrial chemist. I worked in Lamberti, a chemical company in Milan, Italy, for a year (before moving to Warwick. I chose this EngD position at WMG to get knowledge and experience of polymer science and interfacing with industry. I specifically chose the EngD position over a PhD to have better competencies in management for my future prospective career in industry.


Tell us about your research project…

My project is in collaboration with Thomas Swan Ltd. I am working on functional composites of thermoplastics with 2D materials (i.e. GNP, BNNS). The final scope is improving the performance of the composite, with particular focus on thermal conductivity. The potential applications range from the automotive to the electronics industry. What have you enjoyed most during your research degree?

Access to a variety of facilities, laboratories, equipment. Working at the interface of academia/industry. Networking

What are your plans after completing your research degree?

I want to work in a company or at the interface between academia/industry as team leader and progress into management.

What would you say to someone considering to do a research degree?

Embarking on a research degree is challenging, and quite often frustrating. It demands self-confidence, hard work, multi-tasking and self-management. However, it is a great opportunity to learn, gain knowledge and experience, as well as grow in a dynamic environment, with lots of opportunities to interface with industrial partners.