Abhishek Kumar Gupta

Nationality: India
PhD Student from University of Amsterdam (UvA)

1- What is your background (Degree, Master Degree, PhD on…)?

I did my master’s work in Soft matter physics at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. We studied dynamics of sheared colloidal glasses. I also worked on few projects related to ML and AI at companies and use deep learning to track particles.

2-  What inspired you to pursue a career in Science-related field?

I was very curious to know about the nature from early childhood and my parents motivated me to have a good knowledge of math and physics. I also got very good mentors and teachers who helped to understand different concepts of science and build my curiosity be telling about great research works by scientists. Also, doing lot of projects and internships inspired me to pursue career in science.

3-  What is your role within the SSLiP project? How do you expect your work in SSLiP project will contribute to your career development?

I am a PhD student in the SSLiP project from University of Amsterdam. My role is to develop methods for experimental visualization of tribocolloids while doing rheological measurements. We closely work with different groups in collaboration to get inputs and feedback on new ideas. My academic career started from SSLiP project and I hope we do great research here. I will also get mentored by different expert partners and will learn to work in a big collaboration.

4-  What are the activities in your current position that you find the most interesting and why?

The most interesting part of my project is that we are scaling up superlubricity at macroscale and we can use visualization techniques to see tribocolloids in experiments. I also get to work now with 2D materials and do Raman, PL and AFM experiments.

5- Advice for future professionals in this field? This is a career for you if….

My advice is that pursue this career if you love exploring things, understanding the fundamentals, not taking setback if experiments fails and want to make impact in the society with your research.