Already as a child, Isabella Concina thought outside the box, something she benefits greatly from in her research in experimental physics. Her research is about designing and manufacturing extremely small materials and she works with photodetectors, solar cells and materials that can speed up useful reactions, for example that can help purify water. Isabella's research is based on a network of international collaborations and she states / believes that today's research requires colleagues and collaborations to truly understand physics.
What motivates her is that she thinks it's fun, to be able to stand in the lab and do something with her hands, which at the same time challenges her brain. This makes her feel that she really contributes to a better understanding of physical and chemical phenomena at the nano level. Working together with the doctoral students in the lab, doing laboratory work together and then seeing results, is the most fun thing about Isabella's job. She is very proud of the doctoral students she has worked with who are now moving on in their careers. When Isabella thinks about the end of her career, she does not think of research, but of the young people she works with. But if she could dream freely, she would want to help produce a material that can purify our water and protect our environment.
Isabelle Concina, born in 1977 in Venice, Italy, received her PhD in 2006 from the University of Padova with a dissertation on the manufacture of metal nanoparticles. She has been a visiting professor at several different international universities, including in Cuba. In her spare time, she prioritises her daughter, but likes to read a book or go fishing, something she has picked up since she came to Sweden.