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While working on a master’s degree, Nikos Nikitas got hooked on fluorescence and decided to pursue synthesis and photochemistry. This photo shows a synthetic lignin derivative derived from xanthenes. Lignins are a type of polymer found naturally in plants. Nikitas prepared it as part of a master’s project that aims to evaluate such compounds for their interaction with human cancer cells.
He says the work gave him “a real-time example of fluorescence, made me think more about the interaction between organic molecules and irradiation. These thoughts made me choose a PhD in photochemistry and make organic reactions greener with the use of light.”
Submitted by Nikos Nikitas, PhD student, University of Athens
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