Statement of Purpose
I have always been fascinated with the seemingly magical ability of chemical reactions ever since my school days. Chemical reactions are universal. No chemist, however brilliant, understands all the minute details of chemistry in the universe. However, for a chemist, the wonder and excitement lie in the fact that the to is one huge lab and everything around us is a reaction. It is this, that motivates me to learn chemistry in my journey of education with a medium as best as the Cardiff University.
My University provided me the foundation for a scientific approach to life. I learned that just having an interest is not sufficient & that it needs to be supplemented with hard work & determination to succeed. Over a period of time, my curiosity regarding several natural phenomena evolved into choosing a career in Chemistry. I opted for Chemistry major at Central University of Tamil Nadu, India, where I am going to complete Integrated M.Sc.-Chemistry by the end of May 2018. As a means to further my education and achieve my ambition of becoming a world-class chemist, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in material science from an institute like Cardiff where opportunities for cutting-edge research is available.
Chemistry has gained prominence over these years, as this branch has undergone technical innovations and enrichment. The processes used for the estimation of the compounds require high sophistication and skill. Over the past five years, I am introduced to different topics of Chemistry and the basics of the natural sciences, I have spent a good deal of time learning different synthesis techniques and also I am familiar with the basic spectroscopy principles (UV, Visible, IR), Analysis of XRD plot, Conductometry. I also have knowledge of elemental analysis, functional group analysis and basics of Computational Chemistry, through interest I have also taken up an elective on computational chemistry and I have a working knowledge of DFT, Hartree-Fock, and other hybrid techniques, in addition to basic operation on GAUSSIAN software.
I successfully completed a summer internship on synthesis and characterization of Cu & Cd-doped SnO2 nanoparticles and thin film at National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya, India under the guidance of Prof. Ayon Bhattacharjee. This internship has provided me with a sensible outlook and the prerequisite attitude and aptitude for research on nanoparticles. Presently I am working on Asymmetric synthesis as my Master’s project where we are synthesizing unequal amount of enantiomers using a catalyst, which require plenty of time and more number of trials. My plan is to find a suitable way to synthesize an exclusive product by working in computational part and identify a suitable candidate and to synthesize it as the next part.
The doctoral study, I feel, will provide ample opportunities to involve myself in my areas of interest which is in material sciences, and I have decided to connect my future career with scientific research area, wishing to gain success in the future. And if I become successful I will pay back my parents for their warmth and loving support, as they have been supporting me throughout my life.
Upon studying about the university, website and on superior’s advise, I have found that Doctor of Philosophy (Chemistry) program suits my needs perfectly. Together with its eminent faculty, excellent research facilities, pleasant university ambiance and academic standards. Moreover, Cardiff University ranked below 100th in the Academic World Ranking of University and is the UK’s most affordable university, which is also located in the heart of the capital city. I feel that Cardiff University is the right place to embark upon my Ph.D. study. I can assure you that I would live up to the high academic standards of Cardiff University, supported by Cardiff University’s able academic guidance. I believe that admission at Cardiff University will satisfy my thirst for the subject and provide an opportunity to scale the ladder of success, I am sure that working in the highly stimulating atmosphere of your campus will provide me the energy to strive ceaselessly to attain my cherished goals. Coming to my personality, I assure you that I have necessary commitment, intelligence, maturity, and determination to achieve my goals. My strengths are conceptual understanding, self-confidence, hardworking and optimism. I am also ready to push my limits and think out of the box and also a good team player.
I have lots of activities, which I like to do. I am a big football and cricket fan, which means that I enjoy playing and watching it. Moreover, I have represented Central University of Tamil Nadu in South Zone Inter University Football tournament. And the list of my favorite sports is very wide including football and cricket but also swimming, long-distance jogging, sprint.
If I gain the Ph.D. degree in your university then I am going to return back to my homeland to make efforts to establish my own research lab. To achieve such goal, I need to improve my leadership qualities and acquire special knowledge in the chosen field of education, which can come true if I join Cardiff University. Thank you for the opportunity to express my views. I hope that I satisfy the criteria for admission along with a possible financial aid.