Roma Raj, integrating solar textiles into automotive design

March 21, 2024

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Meet Roma Raj, Research Fellow at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, working in the Nanochemistry Research Group, a group focused on the development of nanomaterials following the strategy CSI: Catalysis, Synthesis and Investigation.

Roma, can you tell us a bit about your path and your main area of work?

My career journey has been quite fascinating, moving from earning an M.Tech in Energy Engineering to obtaining a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Along the way, I’ve developed a deep passion and expertise in sustainable energy solutions, particularly in blending innovative technologies with environmental awareness. Currently, I’m focused on an exciting project: seamlessly integrating solar textiles into automotive design. This ground-breaking effort has great potential to transform how we view transportation and its effects on our planet.

What is the importance of your work, and your research?

The work I’m involved in is tackling one of humanity’s biggest challenges: climate change. By leading the way in integrating solar textiles into automotive, we’re not just playing around with technology; we’re making a big change towards a greener, renewable, and more sustainable future. This project isn’t just about cutting down on carbon emissions; it’s about completely changing industries, and guiding us towards a healthier and wealthier future. Our endeavour isn’t just about being innovative; it’s about setting the path for a world where taking care of the environment and making economic progress go together.

Any advice for students considering a career in science?

To all the young scientists and engineers stepping into the world, here’s some friendly advice: Stay curious and keep going. Every problem is a chance to learn something new, and every question you ask gets you closer to the solution. Approach your work with excitement, curiosity, and a determination to push boundaries. And don’t forget, the journey of science is just as exciting as the discoveries you make. So, keep that fire burning, keep moving forward, and enjoy every moment of the ride.

Briefly, what inspires you about your next projects?

What drives me to start new projects is the exciting chance to push the limits of innovation and make a lasting impact on the world. With each new endeavour, I’m fuelled by the belief that we can shape a better future for generations to come. Whether it’s finding new materials for renewable energy or coming up with smart ways to tackle climate change, I’m always motivated by the opportunity to make a real difference. Every challenge is a chance, and every problem is a solution waiting to be found. It’s this endless optimism and determination for progress that keeps me passionate about building a brighter, more sustainable world.

Text and Photography by Gina Palha, Corporate Communication and Marketing Officer