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Science that benefits society

After completing a PhD in Physics at the University of Canterbury, Ojas Mahapatra was appointed CEO of Photonic Innovations Ltd in Christchurch.

“The company aims to commercialise a new technology which detects toxic gases in industrial environments, thereby helping to safeguard employee health,” Ojas says.

“I always aspired to be an entrepreneur and was always interested in the applications of what we studied. Fundamentals and theory are good, but if they do not translate into something which benefits society we are all wasting time and money.

As far as a PhD in Physics or Nanotechnology goes, it is wonderful. You have the chance to work on extremely sophisticated million-dollar equipment which you can brag about all your life!

Ojas Mahaptra, India, PhD in Physics, specialising in nanotechnology

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