Interview with Sciex fellow Peter Matus

Peter at the sciex closing event at ETH in Zürich
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Peter Matus, a post-doctoral student from Hungary, did a research residency in physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in 2013 and 2014 in order to research biomolecules and nanoparticles. 

How did you hear about Sciex?

The Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Hungary where I studied told me about the scholarship programme. I also knew Professor László Forró, the head of the EPFL laboratory, who had also told me about Sciex. 

Why did you decide to apply for the Sciex programme?

I spent a year doing research in Paris for my doctorate. This was a good experience and I learned a lot. I therefore wanted to use the opportunities provided by the Sciex programme to further my research. The EPFL is also very well known and respected for its research in the field of physics. 

What were your experiences in Switzerland?

The research residency allowed me to expand my area of research. I got to know techniques and research methods that were not yet known in Hungary at the time. I worked together with my university in Hungary all the time. Thanks to this collaboration, my home university can now use new research methods. This partnership also benefits the EPFL. 

What do you do now?

I was given the opportunity to continue to work on my research project at the EPFL. I also started to teach. I still work closely with the Technical University in Hungary. 

What are your plans for your academic career?

I plan to continue my research at the EPFL and finalise my project.  I will then return to the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Hungary and continue doing research.