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Najmeh Karimian
Analytical Chemistry

What do you teach at Ca’ Foscari? What are your main research interests?
I am Najmeh Karimian, a researcher at the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Ca' Foscari University of Venice. I teach courses in Analytical Chemistry in both Master's (Analytical Methods and Applications with Laboratory - 2) and Bachelor's (Analytical Chemistry and Laboratory - mod. 2) programmes. My scientific interests include:

  • Developing electrochemical chemo/biosensors based on molecularly imprinted polymers for artwork diagnostics, environmental, clinical and food analysis.
  • Surface modification using molecular imprinting technology.
  • Developing and using nanoelectrodes as sensing platforms for chemo/bioanalytical applications.
  • Developing analytical/electroanalytical chemistry in different analytical fields ranging from material characterisation methods to diagnostic procedures.

What do teaching and researching mean to you?
I always enjoy sharing knowledge and inspiring students' interest in technology and instilling a sense of self-worth in all students. I started teaching with a bachelor's degree in secondary and high schools, gaining experience in successfully managing a classroom and taking responsibility for their learning and continued to teach during my PhD at different universities.
I believe in and have often witnessed the enormous synergy effect of putting together multidisciplinary teamwork. I am always very interested in such an exciting and stimulating chance to work and research.

Can you offer any advice to researchers in the early stages of their career?
Involving young people in research projects can help bridge the gap between them and older people.
Participating in research is a way of enabling young people to be actively involved in issues that affect their lives and those of their peers.
It can provide opportunities to contribute to their communities and services. Experience can improve lives: it can help with personal development, including increased confidence, self-esteem and the belief that their opinions matter and can influence change. They can also meet new people - both adults and peers - and it can be an enjoyable experience; it can also add to young people's CVs for future employment.

The issue of gender inequality in STEM disciplines in Italy is still very topical. What would you tell girls who want to approach these disciplines?
Learning to think and solve problems as scientists and engineers can provide girls with the knowledge, confidence and creativity to tackle major challenges in their communities, such as generating energy, preventing and treating disease, maintaining sustainable food and water supplies, and solving the problems of environmental change. STEM education empowers girls to understand how the world works, guiding exploration and discovery.

Last update: 22/06/2022