Ryoga Hojo

Deep blue thermally activated delayed fluorescence: Unlocking their potential as energy transfer visible light photocatalysts
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

During my undergraduate degree, I had the opportunity to pursue research opportunities in many areas, but I fell in love with organic chemistry. The creativity and sense of artistry associated with organic chemistry and the thought of creating something valuable that no one had made before were genuinely enticing: it became my passion. Naturally, I wanted to continue to do research in this area and eventually build a career in this area.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

My research interest and the connection I felt with my supervisor were the most significant factors in coming to UBC. Of course, Vancouver being one of the best cities in Canada and UBC being a world-class university made the decision quite easy.

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

Overall, the collaborative environment that UBC chemistry embraces was one of the reasons I wanted to come into this program. There is a lot of research being conducted between groups and interdepartmental, and it was the kind of environment I wanted to pursue my Ph.D. in.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Being initially from Japan and growing up in Northern Ontario, the west-coast life is certainly different: I feel that people here are more relaxed and have a progressive mindset.

What aspect of your graduate program do you enjoy the most or are looking forward to with the greatest curiosity?

I like thinking about the project idea and seeing it come together. However, manuscript preparation is certainly not as enjoyable as the initial excitement of discovery.

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

I owe my success in admission and early success at UBC to one of my closest friends and my PI at my previous undergraduate institution. It was there that I developed the skills that helped me in my first two years at UBC.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Working hard and being self-motivated to pursue what interests you is critical. 4 to 5 years may seem like a long time, but it flies by fast when you have fun and keep yourself busy.


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