Paul Shearing

Favourite Thing: I love doing experiments – we some times get to use some of the world’s largest particle accelerators for our research in new materials, which is really exciting!



PhD, 2009 Imperial College, MEng, 2006, University of Brimingham


PhD, MEng, CEng, CSci

Work History:

2011- Present UCL Chemical Engineering

Current Job:

Reader in Chemical Engineering and Materials



About Me

I am a chemical engineer at University College London researching new energy materials

I live in suburban South London with my wife Claire, and commute into UCL every day to get stuck into some science and engineering! At UCL, our group is researching a range of new energy technologies – some times we get to blow up batteries, all in the name of science! When i’m not conducting research I also teach under-graduate and post-graduate Chemical Engineers at UCL: I finished my Chem Eng degree in 2006, so I can still remember (just!) what its like to sit in a lecture theatre at 9am on a Monday morning, so I try to make lectures as engaging as possible, to keep everyone awake and enthusiastic!

My work has let me travel all over the world, which is great, as some times it doesn’t feel like work at all! I enjoy travelling, and particularly trying new foods from all 4 corners of the world. When i’m back at home, I like to cook (never trust an experimental chemist who can’t whip up a good souffle!!), and when time allows to play my piano


My Work

My Typical Day

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Bob Dylan

What's your favourite food?

Tough… but you can’t beat roast beef and yorkshire puddings

What is the most fun thing you've done?

What did you want to be after you left school?

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Errr…. no comment

What was your favourite subject at school?

My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:

Tell us a joke.

A Chemical Engineer walks into a bar…. and realises its slightly below atmospheric pressure :-)

Other stuff

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