My name is Anja and I come from one of the most beautiful places on the world – Bled, a small town in a very small country called Slovenia but very beautiful! Imagine that in two hours you can traverse this country, passing high mountains, numerous rivers and lakes, valleys, vineyard hills, and finish on the coast. No wonder why I decided to start my studies in relation to nature. It started with Environmental Sciences at University of Nova gorica. During these three years I got interested in nanomaterials, especially in Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) which also became a topic of my bachelor thesis. If you want to read more about self-cleaning thin coatings of TiO2-SiO2 which work through photocatalysis and super-hydrophillic effect, find my article on this link.
Afterwards, I went to France for one year as an au-pair. There I was learning french and in ten months I could speak fluently though I didn’t know one word when I first came there. I realized that studying abroad is what I want so I moved to Austria and joined a master programme Bionics/ Biomimetics in Energy Systems. This is a very promising field of research which is for now still developing. One basically investigates natural phenomena and uses these ideas to develop new technology. In my master thesis I was for example studying if Papyrus plant can condensate water from air through electrostatic charging. Sounds cool, right? 🙂