Ribston Hall High School in Gloucester and the University of Bath
GCSEs, A levels and a Masters in chemistry
Prof. Saiful Islam
Final year computational chemistry PhD student at the University of Bath.
I’m a 24 year old third (and final) year PhD student at the University of Bath. I live in Bath with a housemate, but I’m originally from Gloucester so I like to visit home quite a lot. I spend most of my spare time painting but I also enjoy cooking, mostly because I get to eat the results.
Materials for batteries and how they work.
As a computational chemist I investigate new battery materials containing either lithium or sodium. The aim of the work is to improve the performance of rechargeable batteries by looking at their components on an atomic scale.
My Typical Day
Coffee, emails, tea, calculations, more tea, reading papers and more tea.
The first thing I do when I get in every morning is make a cup of coffee to get me going, then it’s the all important email checking but mostly deleting. Then I check results of any calculations that have been running on the super computer overnight and set up some more to run during the day. It’s usually then time for a cup of tea and either writing up my research or reading about the most recent advances in the battery field.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Tea loving introvert
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Pie and Chips
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Saw Fleetwood Mac live at the Isle of White Festival
What did you want to be after you left school?
Either a scientist or an artist.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, once when I started an argument in a music lesson in which I was very bored.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Art, while I always had an interest in science in school nothing was going to beat art lessons where I got to paint
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:
Helping to build the Lemon Battery Demo for the lecture this year
Tell us a joke.
Do you ever get that when you’re half way through eating a horse and you think to yourself, ‘I’m not as hungry as I thought I was’