My name is Dipannita Ghosh, I’m from Kolkata, the eastern part of India. I received my BS-MS dual degree in Chemical Sciences from IISER Kolkata, India and then I moved to Bayreuth, Germany for pursuing my PhD under the LimnoPlast ITN Project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Seema Agarwal. I’m a synthetic polymer chemist and currently a PhD candidate of Macromolecular Chemistry II, University of Bayreuth.
As an ESR2, my work in the Limnoplast ITN project focuses on the contribution of biodegradable polymers as sources of MP which will be used to develop novel biobased biodegradable polymer formulations for the substitution of conventional materials creating microplastic or leaching toxic chemicals. The polymers will be processed to different forms and the bulk properties and environmental degradability of the novel biodegradable polymers will be established and evaluated to compare the material properties and environmental impact. Understanding ‘Sustainability’ as a vital word in today’s scientific world, I’m looking forward to make the polymer sustainable and resolve the microplastic issue. I’m also cooperating with other ESRs in providing them with biodegradable model microplastics.
Coming from India, Bayreuth (Germany) is now my second home at least for some years. I found Bayreuth as a home to some beautiful natural landscapes. People here are extremely welcoming, helpful, friendly and super punctual. Once you build a healthy and understanding relationship, they could go very far just to help you. This is the first time I’m experiencing heavy snowfalls and I thoroughly enjoyed this quite frosty and romantic climate of winter with the snowfall. I heard that the summers are pleasing with rainfall at the end of the season, I’m eagerly waiting to experience this too. Roaming around the Christmas markets in weekends of November and December felt awesome.
Being a part of this LimnoPlast ITN Project and having such a great team of talented researchers, I am quite sure that together we will be able to resolve the microplastics (MPs) pollution in Europe’s freshwater ecosystems.
Tata!! Sustho thako, sabdhane thako!!