Favourite Thing: I like to design and do experiments which have never been done before!
Sandon High School (1998-2003), City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College (2003-2005), University of Nottingham MSci (2005-2009), University of Nottingham PhD (2009-present)
9 GCSE’s, A-level Chemistry, A-level Biology, A-level Geography, MSci Chemistry
University of Nottingham
Me and my work
I make exciting materials called aerogels. They are environmentally friendly and can be used to keep you warm.
Aerogels are the world’s lightest solid. This makes them very important materials. They even have two Guinness World records! Aerogels are officially the least dense solid and hold the record for returning the first sample from a comet back to earth. Exciting stuff!
My Typical Day
All of my days are different but I do spend a lot of time designing experiments and testing my new materials.
What I'd do with the money
I’d put together chemistry kits which will be used to create bangs, fizzes and colour explosions on the move!
I love to share my passion for science so I’d like to spend the money on chemistry kits which could be taken out of the lab into school’s and to large events. The idea is to make the kits as portable and interesting as possible. They will contain lots of chemicals which will change colour, explode, fizz and pop.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Motivated, friendly and reliable.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
At the moment I’d have to say Jessie J, LMAFO and Rihanna are my favourites.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Segway racing was pretty awesome! [MYIMAGE1]
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Happiness, friendship and love.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I actually wanted to be a pharmacist or a teacher.
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
I was never caught… :)
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I went to Budapest to learn lots of new things. I got to visit some labs and even had time to visit the city.
Tell us a joke.
What do you do with a dead chemist? …Barium