"My father used to take me to Star Wars and Star Trek films – I think Star Wars was the one that got a lot of people inspired and fascinated by science,” Abhishek says.
Although Abhishek didn’t grow up to be a Jedi Knight, the “big visions” presented by science fiction left an impression on him. He ultimately made his own real-life story into a science career that’s helping sustain the natural resources here on Earth. He is motivated to solve significant challenges facing humanity: the long-term availability of energy and water.
Abhishek is a chemist by training. “Whenever I am thinking about the next chemistry we should be working on, the challenge is understanding how it could be applied to a current market need,” Abhishek says. “If that need isn’t there, then we aren’t doing the right thing."
“After all of the research and hard work spent addressing those needs, seeing how the results impact real people is a gratifying experience.”