Science Student Spotlight: Nadera Sultana

December 6, 2021

Nadera Sultana has been a student in the new M.S. Program in Nanoscience since Fall of 2020. Raised in New York City by a hardworking immigrant family, Nadera graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, where she cultivated her passion for the sciences. She is not new to CUNY, as she was an undergraduate student at Hunter College, where she completed a major in Biochemistry, with minors in Physics and Psychology.

Nadera’s fascination with the nanoworld began when she was serving as an SAT instructor, and found herself intrigued by the existence of flexible salt-nanocrystals. The surprising notion of crystalline flexibility combined with rigidity led her first to philosophical musings, that eventually turned to a desire to know more about Nanoscience. Eventually, she attended the CUNY Graduate Center’s open-house, and was introduced to the Masters in Nanoscience Program. She immediately knew she had to be a part of it!

Nadera has chosen to join Prof. Alan Lyons’ Lab, where the PI and his team are investigating chemical reactions occurring at the interface between solar glasses and hygroscopic soilants to gain valuable insights that could reduce soiling of solar glasses, costs of cleaning, and loss of photovoltaic efficiency. Her work focuses on various types of nano-coatings (which include hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and patterned hybrids) which are soiled in a controlled chamber at the lab, and then the surfaces are thoroughly analyzed.

In addition to her research, Nadera is also an active member of the Graduate Center community by serving as the student representative of the program at the Graduate Council. She is scheduled to graduate in the Spring of 2022. She envision to continue to expand her knowledge and contribute to the development of sustainable forms of energy, beyond her advanced degree.