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Interview with Sofia Pazzagli



Sofia Pazzagli
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 
Physics, Integrated Quantum Nanophotonics

1. What is your field of research?

My research field is integrated quantum nanophotonics. The goal is to control light propagation by shaping materials at a submicroscopic level. Quantum effects arise at small dimensions, which I am interested in understanding to potentially exploit for real-life applications and new high-tech.

2. Why are you participating in "Berlin is looking for the Sciencefluencer 2024"?

I want to expand my network beyond my research field, and social media is an excellent way to connect across borders. My goal is to make my research more interdisciplinary by collaborating with material scientists, focusing on practical applications in R&D and entrepreneurship, and contributing to data-driven decision-making.

3. What challenges do you face when you become a science influencer?

Becoming a science influencer requires developing a new habit and overcoming my feeling of inadequacy, and navigating challenges such as building a consistent online presence, handling criticism, managing time efficiently, and aligning content with both personal and professional goals and values.

4. What are your most important findings in your particular field of research?

I have developed a simple yet versatile recipe for growing organic nanoparticles that can be used as a reliable source of single photons. I feel proud when I learn that other researchers around the world have adopted my approach for their own experiments!

5. What are your goals for the future?

My future goals are centered on discovering inventive approaches to develop cutting-edge photonic technologies, focusing on sustainability right from the design stage.

6. Do you have a funny anecdote from the life of a researcher you can share?(optional)

I am always surprised by how my expertise in mayonnaise-making and the subtleties of leg waxing came in handy in the lab; it turned out that these skills were essential