My name is Elena Ulate-Kolitsky I am a PhD student of the program “Doctorat en sciences de l’energie et des materiaux”
. I finished my bachelors in Material Science and Engineering at the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica in 2018 and fast-tracked into the doctoral program. During my undergrad I had the oportunity to do an internship at the IRH as part of my final thesis to graduate. I had a chance to work with Prof. Jacques Huot, who is now my PhD supervisor. During this time I travel and discovered Quebec but most importantly learned about hydrogen storage. Coming from Costa Rica you cant help but be enviorementally contious, I knew I wanted to study metal hydrides. This field allows me to research two things I love renewable energy, the storage of it in my case and to stick to one of the pillars of my undergraduate studies due to the strong metallurgical component linked to metal hydrides. Throughout my time at the IRH I have gotten the opportunity to learn the real physics behind the formulas we use in engineering which becomes indispensable during results analysis.