An image of Yuexi LyuCan you tell us about yourself?

I am Yuexi Lyu and I am currently a MSc student in material department. Before MSc, I was a chemistry student at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool university. I stepped out of my comfort zone by changing major from chemistry to materials. Such transference is challenging because I have got in touch with numbers of new technologies, theories, and typical experiments. Even though these topics were isolated and far away from my undergraduate major, they were digested thoroughly after being linked to my knowledge framework with the guidance of materials department.

Why did you choose Imperial Materials for MSc study?

Imperial offers diverse optional courses which are approachable for students who do not have material background like me. I was also attracted by various research projects led by experienced and mature researchers, and every student can find a suitable and interesting research thesis.

How do you find the course? Any highlights so far?

My research interest is nanoscale material, and Imperial materials MSc offers two of nanomaterial-related courses. The lecturers were very knowledgeable and humorous, and they gave students thorough explanations of various kinds of nano materials. I saw the huge potentials of nanomaterials as catalysts, drug delivery agents, conductive agents, and so on through these courses, which made me confirm that I would take nanomaterial as my future research area.

What is your typical day like?

My day began with taking district line to South Kensington underground station. After a few hours of class, I need to ensure I have plenty of time to prepare and review my lessons so staying in the central library became my routine life. As a prestigious university, Imperial college has attracted many researchers around the world for academic exchanges and cooperation, there were 2-4 seminars held in material department each week, which is absolutely a good opportunity for me to get in touch with those cutting-edge researches.

If my life at Imperial was just studying, that would be such a waste of staying in London. Imperial offers students lots of benefits and facilities such as gym, swimming pool, Steinway piano room, and even praying room. Every week, I would play badminton at school gym with very low charges. When frustrated with the tiring data and coursework in central library, I would like to get a cup of iced beer at student hub for refreshing.

The gym, the library, the museum, the small cafe, and the Tuesday marketplace consist of my memory of imperial. The year at Imperial is meaningful and pleasant.

What are your plans for the future?

After my MSc, I am going to keep exploring the field of new material. I have chosen nanoscale Metal-Organic Framework’s (MOF) development for drug delivery as my next four year's researching area at Imperial chemistry department. My master studying period as an introduction to research has equipped me with basic researching skills. I really enjoy stepping into uncharted areas, being frustrated about the uncertainty, finally getting unprecedented progression into the very depth.