How to write a literature review

AIf you follow me and my PhD adventures, you might know already that I have just passed the exam for the second year of my PhD. Back in June, I submitted a written report and had to discuss it a few days ago to confirmed that I did do all the work and test my general knowledge of chemistry. I rocked it and I am officially starting the last year of gradschool.
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Every Other Thursday – Stories and Strategies from successful women scientists

In 1970, when women were seriously underrepresented in science and if you were a professor at the university, you’d be the only female academic in that department, 8 women gathered together to solve female issues as a group. The group didn’t only give professional but also personal support. After doing group for 25 years, the organiser Daniel decided to put this book together as a guide for female scientists and for everyone who feels like a minority not only in academia but in any workplace. To buy the book follow this “>link.

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I have been given the Sunshine Blog Award –

The Sunshine blog award is a peer-nominated award given to bloggers who write positive, creative and inspiring content.

Amanda Coletti, founder of The Illuminated Brain nominated me and I will use this space to talk a bit more about me and my favourite blogs.

My blog is closely related to my Instagram page @phd_to_success

I am more active on IG as it takes less time to create short captions rather than long blog posts.
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The IUPAC PostGrad Summer School in Green Chemistry

Recently, UNESCO stated that we NEED Green Chemistry to drive the change towards a more sustainable future. This is quite a strong statement and I will explain why this is the case.

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How to write a scientific report

This June has been one of the busiest months since I started my PhD. The major stressor was the writing of my second-year report. In the UK, PhD lasts only 4 years, including submission of the thesis. This is a privilege that most students in other countries don’t have as we know exactly when our PhD will come to an end (and this will also spare us from an eternal PhD). Good news here, however, to make sure we stay on track, we go through annual reviews and we have to write down a report with all the work we’ve done during the year.

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Making mental health a priority

This article was originally published by Chemistry World, the official magazine of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It’s a collection of interviews of scholars suffering from depression. The last interview is my story of doind reseach and struggling with mental health. Myself and Michelle Scire are the people in the featured picture

The high rate of mental health problems in postgraduates needs an urgent solution


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Reflection on the 2nd year of my PhD

My second year started after failing my first year. I was a lot nervous and while trying to fix my report, I also had to move house. This came in a very bad period when my old supervisor left the country (thank God) and I also had to join another lab to carry on going with my research. I felt really alone and I was struggling a lot with depression. This is when I made the decision to see a counsellor to help me dealing with the stress and anxiety.
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Collaboration with the Women in Tech

The Women in Tech, an America association that brings together successful female entrepreneurs asked me to cooperate with them and record a video-tutorial to promote women in science and tech. The first part covers the use of social media for personal branding and the second one focuses on my idea of a woman of success.
I still feel overwhelmed by this collaboration. They always portrait successful entrepreneurs and millionaire women and they also asked me, who I am still in school, to collaborate with them. This is unbelievable.


All the plastic-free items I bought

I hate plastic.

It’s polluting our environment and destroying marine life. I recently wrote an article about Ooho, an edible and biodegradable membrane, which will hopefully substitute single-use plastic. I will now share a few items that I bought to improve sustainability and help the only planet we have to live and last longer.

Here the list: (click the link to buy these items on Amazon)
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Real stories: sexual harassment in academia.

One of the major issues in academia arose in 2017 was sexual harassment.

In the wake of #MeToo, women from within various fields have come together to share stories of their abusive experiences collectively.  To reveal the scale of the problem in academia, Karen Kelsky, a former professor, created her anonymous survey that chronicles the extent of sexual harassment inside the wall of the ivory tower. The document, created on 1st Dec 2017 has gained more than 1,600 entries in less than a fortnight.
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Collaboration with Stories in Science

The original version of this article can be found on the website.

How my PhD Training is empowering me

Story Key Points

  • Keep an open mind about academia
  • Seeking for non-traditional paths after graduation is not a failure
  • Extra-curricular activities are not waste of time

Growing up, I was fascinated by atoms, acids, bases, and basically any chemical reaction. I knew by the age of 13 that my passion was in chemistry. At school, I participated in anything that was related to chemistry and ended up doing exceptionally well during high school and college. I often won scholarships and prizes for being a model student, which made my teachers, family, and friends proud of me. I never doubted my future career. I was sure that I wanted to do a PhD so I could become an academic educator and researcher.

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The role of vaccines in public health

This article has been written in collaboration with Susanna Park, she blogs at and you find her on Instagram @sujanee

A vaccine is something we put in our bodies that looks like or has a tiny part of the ‘microbe’ that produces a disease. When we introduce it in our body, the immune system produces the right antibodies to fight it. The immune system also is quite smart andremember” this, so that it is able to recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that show up later on.

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