College:College of Sciences
Degree Program:Physics PhD
Research Focus:Catalysis for metal-air battery
After receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Nusaiba Zaman continued to pursue her Physics PhD at UCF. “What I like about UCF and my program is that the environment here is very caring and supportive,” Zaman says.
Zaman chose UCF because her research interest matched with the research at the UCF Physics department. Her research is focused on catalysis for the metal-air battery using computer modeling based on density functional theory. If made practical, it can be used in electric vehicles which will help to minimize global warming. She has used this research to also collaborate with Dr.Yang Yang’s research group in the UCF NanoScience Technology Center on the Zinc-air battery and was published in Energy and Environmental Science journal by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Zaman took part in UCF’s 2019 3MT competition, where doctoral students communicate their research in just three minutes to non-expert judges. Here, she was awarded the people’s choice award for receiving the maximum number of votes from the audience. "I always try to do my best without thinking much about the outcome. For example, in the 3MT competition, I was already very happy to be one of the finalists. I did not think about winning, instead, I focused on how to present my research well to the general audience," she says.
This competition was a remarkable experience in Zaman's life because it taught her to communicate her research effectively and in a timely manner. The 3MT competition also inspired her to continue her focus and passion in her research.
After graduation, Zaman plans on continuing as a postdoctoral researcher.
- People's Choice UCF 2019 3MT Competition
- Published in the Energy and Environmental Science journal
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