Dr Marine Cuisinier, Scientist, Energy Storage, Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI), a research institute under Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), on how she sees similarities between baking and chemistry.
What does your work at QEERI entail?
My main task is to develop cost-effective batteries based on Sulfur, which is one of Qatar’s natural resources. It involves creating new materials, assembling battery cells, and testing their charging/discharging performance and durability.
What is your observation and opinion about QF?
It is a very ambitious organization. I have never seen anything like this anywhere else. I think it is awesome! If I were a student, I would have loved it here.
How would you describe QF in one word?
Where are you from?
What are your hobbies?
I love baking. I mostly bake French classic desserts and sweets.
What is your favorite spot in Qatar?
Souq Waqif Al Wakra. It is beautiful.
What is your challenge with baking?
I usually need an audience for all the things I bake because I can’t eat everything. I bring it all to the office here, and everyone here has a sweet tooth.
Where does your love for baking come from?
My family are bakers on both sides. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I love baking so much.
Why did you become a scientist and not pursue baking?
I found my love for Chemistry at a very young age, and as soon as I started studying Chemistry I knew I wanted to do this for a living.
Is there a link between baking and Chemistry?
Yes. For me, both have the same process – you start with an idea, you mix things together and produce something. In both, proportions, time, and temperature – all make a difference to the end product.
What is your favorite holiday spot?
Northern Ontario in Canada. It is very green and the population density is very low, which makes one feel that you are all by yourself.
What is your secret aspiration?
I want to learn to make kunafa.
What would be your advice to ambitious students?
Travel and try to take on internships and gain experiences. This will help you figure out what you like. This is especially important to know before your start a long course that takes four to five years. And, most importantly, don’t be afraid of changing your mind in the process. After studying for one year, if you decide that you want to do something else – do it.