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Young Minds: Anne Desponds

General France

Anne Desponds studied chemical engineering at the school of chemistry in Lille. Now, she is realizing her PhD within the PHENOmenon project at Le Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

What is your background (Degree, Master Degree, PhD on…)?
I’ve started with a technician degree in chemistry and as I wish to pursue my study, I’ve studied chemical engineering at the school of chemistry in Lille. Finally, I realize my PhD within the phenomenon project to develop photosensitive resin with high refractive index for the two photon microfabrication.

What inspired you to pursue a career in a photonics-related field? 
To be honest I had no knowledges about photonics and no idea that material chemistry was so important in this field. In general, I thought it was interesting to work in a cross disciplinary environment. 

What is your role within the PHENOmenon project? How do you expect your work in PHENOmenon project will contribute to your career development?
I work with the CNRS team for the material chemistry development, so my role is to participate to the advances of new resins and photoinitiator, but more particularly I focus on the resins with a high refractive index. 

What are the activities in your current positon that you find the most interesting and why?
I think it is interesting to produce demonstrators with the developed technologies because we can see concretely the potential use and interest of our research, like an outcome.

What are the main opportunities you identify in your photonics-related field in terms of career development?
In term of career I think that realizing my PhD in this environment is not only interesting from a scientific point of view, as it is a cross disciplinary project and I can exchange with scientists from various professional background to reach a common goal, but also from a managerial point of view, as being implied in this project is the opportunity to work in teams, with delays, objectives and organization, so to develop transversals skills which are as much important as technical skills.

Advice for future photonics-related professionals? This is a career for you if….
If you like working in various environments with full of different technics.