•  Nishant Jain, Chair of Advanced Ceramic Materials, TU Berlin

    Nishant Jain, Technische Universität Berlin

Polymers are his passion: Brain City Ambassador Nishant Jain is a research assistant at the Chair of Advanced Ceramic Materials at the Institute of Materials Science and Technology at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). He appreciates the Brain City Berlin for many reasons. The openness of the city is one of them.

“Polymers are very cool materials that can be used in all areas of life,” says Nishant Jain enthusiastically. “These macromolecular materials can be formed easily. For example, they can be moulded or printed into high-performance parts, or spun into fibres that are used as soluble sutures. From aerospace to biomedical applications, material design and chemistry play a central role.”

The Brain City Ambassador was already interested in applied chemistry at school. His passion for polymers also made him move to Berlin in 2017 after completing his Bachelor’s degree in polymer science at the University of Delhi, India. “Germany is a leader in the field of science and technology, so it has always been my goal to study here. And since Berlin is the capital and multicultural in every way, it was obvious for me to come here. Berlin also offers a truly unique, interdisciplinary Master’s degree in polymer science – a cooperation between the TU Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and the University of Potsdam. Research institutes and companies such as the Max Planck Society (MPG), the Helmholtz Association, the Fraunhofer Society and the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) are associated with the course.” 

Berlin is open, welcoming and very international. That makes the city something special.

The wide range of the course gave the young scientist the opportunity to conduct research in various specialist areas of materials science. “Berlin is a booming science location and the nexus of research, technology and art results in unique concepts. There is always something new to discover and also interesting events that provide information on technological and start-up topics – or on opportunities in your own research area.” The city’s strong start-up culture also makes it easy to get to know colleagues from your own scientific environment and learn about the new topics they are working on. What Nishant Jain finds particularly exciting about Berlin is the interdisciplinary collaboration in many areas. And that the gap between research and academia in the city almost no longer exists. 

“Science is a fascinating world. The deeper you dig into it, the more questions arise,” says Nishant Jain. A key experience that he would like to pass on to other young researchers is: “If you are a curious sort of creature, you will be amazed by the potential and power of science. The learning pool is endless, the possibilities are immense and creativity is definitely the order of the day. “He himself follows the “3-P rule” in his research. “This stands for Patience, Persistence and Perseverance and this helps me on my scientific journey.” The Brain City supports him on this path with a strong network. “Berlin has given me many opportunities to follow my research interests and make contacts,” says Nishant Jain. “The city is open, welcoming and very international. That makes Berlin something special.“

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