Georgia Michailoudi

Research group: Nano and Molecular Systems
Research subject: Theoretical and synchrotron excited spectroscopic studies of water solutions as model systems of atmospheric cloud droplets
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Official interview

Who are you?
My name is Georgia Michailoudi and I am a PhD student in Oulu University.

Where do you come from?
I was born in Greece, and specifically in Thessaloniki.

What you have done before coming in Oulu?
I studied Physics in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and then continued my studies with a master in Environmental Physics.

Why did you decide to come in Oulu?
Planet’s degradation is more pronounced in the regions found close to Arctic area, with great impact to human lives but also to animals. For that reason, I always wanted to focus my research in this region. Furthermore, Oulu University has a great reputation in innovation. Experts from different fields (spectroscopy, nano and molecular physics, quantum mechanics etc.) are working together in order to understand the climate change and they also collaborate nationally and internationally to achieve it. For these reasons, I was willing to be part of this group of scientists and I am honored to be here.

What is the name of your research project?
“Synchrotron radiation excited spectroscopic studies of aqueous surfaces with atmospheric relevance”.

What is the expected main outcome from your research project?
The main goal of this project is to provide the missing molecular level information on physico-chemical properties of atmospheric aerosols, in order to understand their impact on climate and to predict more accurately the climate change.

What you would like to do after you have got PhD degree?
I would like to continue with research on that field.

What I4Future program has so far given to you? What has been good? Have you missed something?
This is a very demanding program, as it is multidisciplinary and international. Just in a few months, I had the opportunity to acquire knowledge from different fields and to develop my skills. Furthermore, I visited UVSOR facilities, in Japan, where I took part in experiments and I engaged with professors that are experts in the same research field.

What kind of the atmosphere/weather in Oulu has been in your opinion?
Oulu is a very friendly place, with international atmosphere. Even if the temperatures during the winter can be very low, the city has an unparalleled beauty due to the snow. In the summer, everything looks very different. The daytime is longer and the green parks, the forest and the lakes pull all the attention.


On my own words: this is me

Born in Greece, I studied physics in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with specialization in environmental field. I realized the importance of climate change, and I felt passionate about researching this field because of the implications to life. Therefore, I continued my studies with a master in environmental physics. During my master thesis entitled ”An analysis of identification of stratospheric intrusion events and their influence on ozone distribution over Eastern Mediterranean, using MACC reanalysis”, I felt privileged to do some original research and that inspired me to take up the challenge of a PhD. The University of Oulu, home to international environmental studies and with a great reputation in innovation dropped my attention.

On January 2017, I started a 4-years PhD. My project: “Synchrotron radiation excited spectroscopic studies of aqueous surfaces with atmospheric relevance”, is one of the I4FUTURE projects, combining international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research. Using new synchrotron based experimental techniques I study aqueous phase phenomena of atmospheric systems, coupling with new computational methods. The main focus is on aerosol effects and their relevance for climate change.

As part of Nano and Molecular Systems Research Unit, I have the opportunity to apply innovative methodologies and to do research in national and international base. Moreover, this is a double PhD. The group of Division of Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics at Uppsala University is the second host of my PhD and part of this work will be carried out at MAXIV international facilities, in Lund. This is one of the biggest advantage of this project, as it will give me the opportunity to develop my skills and engage with other professors who are experts in the same research field. In addition, in the framework of I4FUTURE, the ROMO Scientific Internship is a great opportunity to gain instrumental knowledge, to develop my communication skills and to interact with the private sector, industries, suppliers and scientific partners.

Through this PhD, with continuous training, I expect to broaden my horizons, by gaining knowledge on different sectors, from physics to technology and to their applications. The results from this project could benefit various disciplines and would also help me professionally by providing me the necessary skills to be able in the future to pursue a career in research.


Last updated: 30.11.2021

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