Initial Publication Date: March 8, 2024

James Kubicki, Chair, Professor, UTEP

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Work Description * Inspiration and Motivation * Graduate Experience and Professional Development * Other Advice and Media

Describe your current research or work assignment. What topics are you working on? What does a typical work day look like—what would a student expect to do if they followed your career path?

My research interests are on mineral-water interfaces, colloid aggregation and organic compound adsorption.

What motivated or inspired you to pursue a career in Nanoscience?

Fascination with nucleation.

What graduate experiences/activities were essential for your professional development in Nanoscience? What experiences made a difference in your own career path (e.g., attended a conference, short course, had an opportunity to work in a lab, a key mentor in your life...)?

Experience and workshops in molecular modeling and spectroscopy.

Any other advice to help an aspiring Nanoscience student?

Learn skills that can be adapted to a wide variety of scientific problems.