David Ester

People Profiles

June 02, 2020

Chemistry PhD graduate in the Faculty of Science

I'm an SFU lifer; over the course of my undergraduate and graduate programs I spent 10 years studying here. When not in the lab doing chemistry, I like to be outdoors doing anything active like hiking, rock climbing, playing soccer, etc. I love how SFU is right on top of a little hill in the middle of the forest. During my years of study at SFU, including many extra-curricular activities, I gained a lot of knowledge and developed the soft skills to put it into practice in the real world.

Why did you choose to come to SFU?

This was quite simple actually. Honestly, I mainly chose SFU for my undergrad because my family lived just down the hill. Living at home and close to university was a no-brainer out of economic and logistic considerations. I then wanted to stay at SFU for my graduate studies due to the engaging research project and excellent faculty supervisor.

Tell us about your research and/or program.

I studied the fundamentals of how material properties can be tailored for an application through modifying its chemical structure. My particular focus was on liquid crystalline materials, which have potential for organic semiconductors, light emitting displays, and solar cells.

What are you particularly enjoying about your studies/research at SFU?

My graduate studies at SFU have been marked by an engaging research project and an excellent faculty supervisor. The diversity of experience has allowed me to develop a wide range of hard and soft skills to prepare me for a career in the real world.

Contact David: dester@sfu.ca

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