Petrică comes from a modest Roma family in the south of Romania. He was always curious in finding out more about the world around him. This lead him to graduate with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Bucharest and a PhD in Automotive heterogeneous Catalysis funded by the Irish EPA and carried out at the University College Dublin. In July 2007, he was the first Romanian to receive the Roberto Rocca Fellowship (2007, 2009 and 2010) and in October 2009, was selected by OSI Budapest to carry out an internship in the European Institutions (DG ENTREPRISE) where he was involved in drafting Euro VI and Euro 5/6 legislation (automotive emissions). Currently he is carrying out a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Brussels with Prof. Norbert Kruse where they look at the fundamental reasons behind deactivation of automotive catalysts as well as developing novel materials in sensing poisonous gasses like CO, CH4 or materials which can revolutionise the energy market. Furthermore, he is providing consultancy to a series of NGOs focused on tackling the main problems of the Roma community: discrimination, housing, access to health services, employment. Though this does not leave him much time for hobbies, he very much enjoy travelling, going out with friends and reading classic books of science written by Nobel prize winners.