Manasi R. Mulay is a Doctoral Researcher at University of Sheffield. Metallurgical engineer by first degree now working on materials design via computational chemistry and green chemistry routes with application in energy and sustainability.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?


4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?


5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

I speak a few Indian languages including Hindi, Marathi, Bengali and ancient Sanskrit

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

I am in research profession by choice, would like to work as a radio jockey for a change. I sometimes do work as a voice over artist too.

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Astronomy and Space science

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?


11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?

Time travel

12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

There are many, but this one is my favourite

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Go to peak district and imbibe beauty of nature!

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Plenty of light, great music, and a breeze of fresh air

15 What beverage gives you life?

Kokum juice is my most favourite followed by pineapple juice

16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

The alchemist – Paulo Coelho

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

Haha, maybe an astronaut!

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Beauty and wonders of universe

19 What got you excited in science?

There were three turning points – first my school, second my engineering project at National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune and third my master’s at Uni of Sheffield. Efforts by my science teachers, the talks by the eminent scientists and the science projects I was part of paved my way to be interested in Science.

20 What excites you about science now?

Atomistic simulations and the timescales of femtoseconds

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

I try to follow a vegan diet but I eat Swiss milk chocolate sometimes

22 What is a secret talent of yours?

I like to learn new languages

23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

Jonathan Livingstone Seagull – Richard Bach

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Do your karma and don’t expect for the returns

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

Paragliding – I am not scared either but just that haven’t tried it yet.

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Focus on one thing at a time

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Craft – I craft variety of colourful flowers; Music – in different possible languages

29 What is the last thing you watched?

A training on software 😀

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

Pebbles that I collected from riverside

31 What is your favorite animal?


32 What is your favorite book?


33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Dal-khichdi (a dish made from rice+lentils+vegies)

34 What is your favorite day of the year?


35 What is your favorite plant?

Ocimum tenuiflorum

36 What is your favorite science fact?

Schrödinger’s cat

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?

Vanilla and Saffron

39 What is your favorite sound?

Sound of flowing rivers in Himalayan ambience

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?


41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?


42 What is your proudest moment?

I could take an injured dog to a veterinary

43 What kind of tree would you be?

I would like to be a coconut tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The sunrise

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

I like to be grateful for every small thing that happens around me.

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

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