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Syed Ansar Ali Shah

Syed Ansar Ali Shah standing in front of a building.
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My work:

I am currently investigating some new materials that use light to help break down pollutants in both water and air which can harm people and aquatic life. By turning these dangerous chemicals into harmless ones with these new materials, scientists are helping to clean up and protect our environment.

About me:

Country of Origin: Pakistan

I did my bachelor's degree (in Physics) from the University of Peshawar and my master's degree (in Physics) from COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan. During my master's research, I worked on battery materials at the Institute of Chemistry in Clermont-Ferrand, France. During this research work, I gained hands-on experience with a variety of scientific techniques that helped me analyse, test materials.


  • I obtained my bachelor's in physics from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan. After which I did master's in physics from Comsats University Islamabad, Pakistan. I did my master's research at the Institute of Chemistry in Clermont-Ferrand, France on a fully funded scholarship. Currently, I am doing PhD in the School of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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My hobbies:

Playing cricket, table tennis

How would I describe myself in three words?

Perseverant, determined, problem-solver

My dream job as a child:

Becoming a scientist

My favourite scientist:

Albert Einstein

My favourite animal:


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