8th Feb 2024

International Day of Women in Science: Kruti HALANKAR, R&D Engineer cell chemistry at ACC

Kruti HALANKAR R&D Engineer cell chemistry

At ACC, we believe that women in science are a force for change. We have plenty of women scientists in a wide variety of applications and professions, from biotechnology and nanotechnology to chemistry, environmental engineering and computer physics. As the world hurtles towards a future threatened by climate change, and as we celebrate International Day of Women in Science, we want to recognize them and promote their achievements. 

One of these amazing women is Kruti HALANKAR, R&D Engineer cell chemistry at ACC...

Kruti, can you introduce yourself and describe your background?

I am Kruti Halankar, holding a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai, India. Following the completion of my doctorate in 2022, I embarked on a Postdoc research journey in Germany at the University of Cologne. Presently, I am employed at ACC Kaiserslautern as a Cell Chemistry Engineer (which is also my first job). Despite not having a familial background in science, I have been fortunate to receive unwavering support from my family. As hobby, I derive joy from my interests in music, reading, and hiking.

Did you dream of becoming a scientist as a child?

I’ve always enjoyed learning science and solving maths problems, so, when it came to deciding what to study, I considered myself fortunate because I simply chose the subjects, I enjoyed the most. However, my decision to pursue a career in science solidified during my bachelors. While many of my friends opted for careers outside of science, I was determined not to lose touch with science (particularly chemistry) and the enthusiasm that accompanied it.

What are you working on at the moment? What does your job at ACC involve?

I am currently majorly involved in managing incoming inspections for separators at ACC Bruges and I supervise the setup of the R&D Coin Cell MLP laboratory at ACC Kaiserslautern. Moreover, I am actively engaged in fostering collaborative relationships with universities for research initiatives.

What challenges have you faced as a woman scientist?

The main challenge is striking a correct balance between professional and personal life. As a woman in the field of science, it is bewildering to consistently face the necessity of proving one's capability. Managing these demands makes it challenging to find time for personal hobbies and self-development.

What advice would you give to a young girl wondering about these careers?

I would remind them that there is no one right way to pursue a career. Everyone’s path is different. But if you believe in yourself, stay curious, and work hard, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Good Luck!