My dream is a biomass catalytic converter

Aby Cheruvathoor Poulose became interested in the nanoworld during his Master’s degree studies in Chemistry at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kerala, India. After gaining a PhD from Japan, he decided to relocate to Olomouc five years ago and has been researching nanomaterials based on commonly available and non-toxic elements for energy and catalytic applications at CATRIN. This year alone, he was first author of two papers in the renowned journals Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Communications.

He met scientists from RCPTM, now part of CATRIN, back in 2012. At that time, as a PhD student at the University of Tokyo and holder of a prestigious scholarship from the Japanese government, he visited Brno for the Nanocon conference. When he decided on a career change from industry to academic research, he chose Olomouc.

“I was impressed by how quickly the young science centre has established itself as a thriving institute and by its groundbreaking research results and modern instrumentation. I considered it an opportunity for my professional growth, and I am glad that I can do cutting-edge research here thanks to the international environment and friendly colleagues”, said the scientist.

His scientific interests relate to the conversion of biomass into useful products, such as fuels, chemicals and materials. “My dream is to develop a nanomaterial catalyst that can maximise the use of biomass, promote sustainability and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, which goes hand in hand with principles of bioeconomy.

Aby and his family enjoy living in Olomouc. “The warm atmosphere, historical heritage and many cultural events make Olomouc an attractive choice for those looking for a balanced and affordable lifestyle”, he said.