Favourite Thing: Seeing experiments and predictions match up
Wath Grammar School 1991-1999, University of York 1999-2010
A PhD in Physics and a 1st class Masters Degree in Physics and Astrophysics
Besides Universities, I worked as a Civil Engineer and for the Ministry of Defence
University of Bath
A scientist searching for the next generation of materials for batteries and solar cells
I live with my wife and two children in Bath. We have a rescue cat called Poppy who is a tuxedo cat. My favourite food is Indian. My favourite TV programmes are Gold Rush and Wheeler Dealers.
I work in computational materials chemistry
I use a supercomputer to calculate the properties of materials that could be used in the next generation of batteries or solar cells. We are looking for useful properties like being able to store or generate lots of energy. Usually, we find that materials that have some beneficial properties also have unexpected behaviours. A lot of my work is to understand all of this unwanted behaviour and how it can be avoided. For example, the material could be made in a slightly different way with slightly different components.
My Typical Day
…does not exist
No two days are the same. I could be;
Setting up and running calculations
Analysing the results of calculations
Tutoring and mentoring undergraduate and PhD students
Writing a paper to communicate my results to other scientists
Traveling to a conference to talk to meet collaborators and other scientists
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
That would be telling
What did you want to be after you left school?
A scientist of course!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:
Tell us a joke.
Somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said ‘Parking Fine.’ So that was nice