Australian Science Superheroes – Vanessa Lussini

During National Science Week in August 2016, Australia’s Chief Scientist launched the #5ScientistPledge to recognise Australian Scientists. Now, we’re shining a light on some of these Australian science superheroes with a new tag – #AusScienceHeroes

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Vanessa Lussini, PhD candidate, Queensland University of Technology, QLD

1) What is your science superpower?
I’m making aircraft sunscreen, which tells maintenance crews when to reapply it by giving off a fluorescent glow. The sunscreen prevents rust on the aircraft (aka aircraft skin cancer). This sunscreen will save time, save money and reduce weight on the aircraft.

2) The year is 2030. How has life changed as a result of your research?
Aircraft travel is cheaper and safer, and you can take on more carry-on luggage!

3) What drew you to science originally?
Curiosity. Science is continuously trying to answer all the unknowns of the world, working on things that no one has dared to try or even thought of. Now that is exciting!

4) When you’re not wearing your science superhero cape, what do you get up to?
I love all the experiences that come with travel, trying new food and meeting new people. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love doing new things, so science and travel go hand in hand. But secretly, I never take my science superhero cape off because science is EVERYWHERE!


Image credit: Erika Fish