Thi DT Nguyen

Research Project Title: Atmospheric Chemistry of Silicon Compounds and their Role in Indoor Air Quality: Theory and Experiment

Research Project Summary: This project is looking at the atmospheric chemistry of volatile silicon compounds found in personal care products such as shampoos, deodorants, and lotions. How are these compounds transformed and removed after they enter the air through our daily uses? What possible products could be formed? And how do these compounds and reactions affect our health and indoor air quality? To answer these questions, this project will use computational chemistry tools complementary with the spectroscopic techniques FAGE and cw-CRDS setup at the University of Lille, France.

Student Profile: I started my PhD project at the Melbourne School of Engineering in October 2020, under the joint PhD program with the University of Lille, France. I completed my BSc degree specializing in Biochemistry at the Vietnam National University of Ho Chi Minh City (International University). Since my undergraduate years, I have been working in developing the theoretical kinetic model of biofuel-related chemical reactions using state-of-the-art computational chemistry tools. This experience ultimately led me to become interested in reaction kinetics and how to apply them to enhance the environment and human health. In my PhD project, I hope to further explore my research career in this field from theoretical perspective (that I already had experience in) to experimental aspect (which is new to me).

I love doing research with good coffee. Outside of that, I also enjoy cartoons, handicrafts, and traveling.

Project Duration: 2020 – 2024

Supervisors:

Dr Gabriel da Silva (The University of Melbourne), Dr Christa Fittschen (Université de Lille)

Home University: The University of Melbourne

Partner University: Université de Lille