Bruce Alexander

Favourite Thing: Watching students that you have taught for 3-4 years graduate and sharing the special day with their families is really rewarding. Making new stuff in the lab is also always good fun, but I don’t get enough chances to do this myself these days.



BSc (Chemistry) and PhD from University of Dundee


BSc (Hons) Chemistry, PhD, Chartered Chemist, Diplôme de langue Française

Work History:

Have worked at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and Aberdeen University in the frozen wastes of the north.

Current Job:

Lecturer in Physical Chemistry


University of Greenwich

Me and my work

I teach students chemistry and do research on materials for renewable fuels, solar energy and the occasional drug.

No two days are the same, which is a good thing. On a good day I might be helping students work on turning water into fuel or drill holes in silver. Or I might be teaching chemists, pharmaceutical scientists or formulation scientists (people who make things like medicines, cosmetics, detergents or paints – no-one really knows what a formulation scientist actually is!).  Sometimes I get sent to India or other foreign lands to talk to students other scientists.  On a bad day I will be stuck in endless meetings, deprived of coffee.

My Typical Day

Get up in the morning, go to work, get home, go to bed, in between anything goes as long as it involves coffee.

What I'd do with the money

I’d make schools demonstration kits of how to make solar cells out of household materials or colour changing glasses.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Open-minded, curious, enthusiastic.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

At the moment? Etienne Daho

What is the most fun thing you've done?

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

What did you want to be after you left school?

A chemist

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Tell us a joke.

What’s brown and sticky? A stick.

Other stuff

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