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Patrizia Melpignano

CNRS Senior Research Scientist
LAPLACE at Universitè Paul Sabatier Toulouse, France
Country of origin: Italy

Photo of Patrizia MelpignanoWhat I do.
Presently, I'm working at Toulouse University, where I'm continuing my studies on organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). The main focus of my research is making OLEDs suitable for biomolecular applications. In doing this, I'm trying to capitalize on my previous work experience in optics and synchrotron radiation. By applying synchrotron-radiation-based techniques, a better understanding of OLED behavior can be achieved.

What I find exciting.
What I find most exciting in my job is how intuitions of physical properties can be experimentally confirmed. I believe that advances in science and physics are made of many every-day intuitions, and this we call progress. I enjoy working with a motivated team the most. I enjoy sharing my ideas with different people, and believe that good team work boosts the final results.

What I wish someone had told me.
Physics is theory and experiment carried out by people. Therefore, try to be not only a good physicist, but also a little bit of a psychologist as well. It will improve your teaming up. Even when you find yourself operating in a harsh environment (that's life), do not allow it to make you doubt yourself. Always trust in yourself and keep going! There are also many good people to work with successfully.