My name is Christina Siakati and I am from Greece. I grew up in a beautiful small village, called Emporio, situated near Kozani in north Greece. There, I spent all my school years, till I went to university.
As long as I remember myself, I had a special interest in physics and maths. From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be a researcher. During the last year of high school, I confirmed my feelings about it.
My teacher in physics used to deliver the course by writing on the board using many chalks of different colors. One day, I was staring the colorful board thinking that it was like a painting, and in that very same moment, the teacher looked at us, pointing at the board and said: ‘‘If someone can imagine this board as a painting, he is qualified for this job’’. I was really shocked because it felt like he was reading my mind. I was sure that I wanted to be a physicist! And I became one!!!
After high school, I moved to a bigger city where I studied Physics at the University of Ioannina in Ioannina. During my studies, the courses that attracted me the most were the ones in the field of experimental and applied physics, more precisely in solid state physics and materials science. Holding onto this thought, I decided to focus on solid state physics for my bachelor thesis and fostered my knowledge in this field by pursuing a MSc degree in Basic Physics with an emphasis on structural, electronic and magnetic properties of solids.
I was (and still am) really passionate about most of the subjects I have studied and I finished both my degrees with flying colors. Currently, I am doing my PhD within the EU MSCA-ETN SOCRATES project at Materials Engineering department of KU Leuven in Belgium. I belong to the research group of Secondary Resources for Engineered Materials (SREMat) coordinated by the Associate Professor Yiannis Pontikes. My research topic is: ’’Iron-rich inorganic polymers derived from residual matrices’’, deepening the knowledge of the structure and formation mechanism of Fe-rich inorganic polymers, following experimental and computational approaches.
Finally, I would like to share with you a quote of Aristotle which is the motto of my academic life:
‘’The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet’’
If you are interested on my topic and you wish to learn more about it, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me at: firstname.lastname@example.org