“Global inequities, curiosity, and the love of analytical science” – motivations of a scientist journey

Mohamed Hemida chased his dreams from one city to another across the globe, hoping to create a remarkable difference in the area of analytical science and its technology. Starting from Egypt to Poland and then Spain, he finally found a unique place in Australia to help in creating a change.

The Ph.D. candidate believes that science has changed human lives “primarily” across several dimensions.

“It has improved healthcare, medicine, food, transportation, wellbeing, justice, information, learning means, and entertainment.  No doubt that our lives have been lightened up by the scientific advancement in different fields,” Mr. Hemida explained.

Despite all those fantastic advancements, he said that he is aware, from his personal experience, of the terrible inequities in the world; often resulting from the poor implementation of these scientific discoveries leading to the apparent disparities of health, wealth, education and human wellbeing.

“I believe that reducing inequities around the globe could be the most prominent scientific achievement,” he said. “Millions of people live in extreme poverty and unspeakable suffering from diseases. Millions of children die every year from polluted water,” Mr. Hemida added.

Mr. Hemida started his journey in science after he gained his Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and Physics from Assiut University, then his Master Degree in Analytical Chemistry from Beni-Suef University, Egypt.

Moving to Europe, he attained a Diploma of Quality in Analytical Laboratories from Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, and a second Master Degree in Analytical Chemistry, Barcelona University, Spain.

Currently, he is working on finishing his Ph.D. research, which aims to introduce a robust, portable Liquid Chromatography (LC) system with reliable detection techniques that offer unique potential to the pharmaceutical industry.

Ibraam Mikhail, Mohamed Hemida

Mr. Hemida, took a big leap in coming to Australia in 2017, joining the University of Tasmania (UTAS) to conduct his Ph.D. studies on Portable Separation technologies for on-site Pharmaceutical Analysis.

As part of the industry-academia collaboration between UTAS and Trajan Scientific and Medical, he was offered a scholarship to work on the miniaturization of LC systems and its related modes of detection.

“I am very proud to be a member of the ASTech program, working with renowned analytical scientists and under the joint supervision of both Professors Brett Paull and Paul Haddad,” he said.

The highlights of this collaboration for him are around bringing the technical knowledge and research innovation into a prototype design and to gain an understanding of industrial development and manufacturing processes.

“The ASTech program offers candidates, like myself, the opportunity to spend part of their Ph.D. research work at partner organizations around the world, which is unique and offers a great chance to develop my skill-set and ultimately my career,” he added.

I could imagine that a person on such a journey has faced many challenges – so, I asked.

Mohamed Hemida, Hans-Jurgen Wirth, Lewellwyn Coates

“It has always been challenging to travel from one country to another, studying in different universities, dealing with people from different backgrounds, lifestyles, work atmospheres, cultures, and languages,” Mr. Hemida explained.

However, he keeps reminding himself with a motivational quote said once by Albert Einstein, “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”

For him, it has always been about human curiosity, as a young student, Mr. Hemida was fascinated by exploring things deeply; understanding the use of different scientific means to create it. From there, he would draw a big picture from small pieces of information – a fundamental skill in analytical science.

“I was so lucky that I had enthusiastic, analytical professors during my study journey, who sparked this passion inside me. Moreover, I see great potential in bringing interdisciplinary groups together to solve some of the significant scientific challenges with no scientific boundaries,” Mr. Hemida said.

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