Favourite Thing: look down a microscope and ‘see’ what I’ve made
King Edward VI Handsworth, 1998-2005, University of Birmingham MSci 2006-2009, University of Birmingham PhD 2010-2014
10 GCSEs, A Levels: Chemistry, Physics, Geography (French AS), MSci Chemistry, PhD – Thesis submitted (awaiting viva)
Children’s University, Mitchells and Butlers (bar staff), University of Birminham – Research Associate, Tutor, Demonstrator
PhD student (about to finish and become a post-doctoral researcher)
University of Birmingham
Me and my work
I make and study molecules that I can attach to tiny gold nanoparticles, to give them a fluorescent coating so that we can see them down a microscope
My Typical Day
In the lab making new luminescent compounds, or a in a dark room looking down a microscope at luminescent nanoparticles
What I'd do with the money
I’d use it to fund some fun Chemistry outreach shows, sending scientists into schools
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
passionate, witty, scatty
Who is your favourite singer or band?
belle and sebastian
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I’ve never known what I wanted to be
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
What was your favourite subject at school?
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
See my nanoparticles flowing in blood under a microscope
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
My school physics teacher – Dr Slaski
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
probably an accountant, or with some other job ‘in the city’
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
#1 to be content, #2 to go back to Madagascar, #3 to establish myself as an independent researcher
Tell us a joke.
errr… these aren’t my forte…. what do you call a three legged donkey? …. a wonky… (?) … [see, I told you.. sorry]
me in my labcoat and goggles…
looking for clean glassware in the lab…
a work colleague by my fumehood
making gold nanoparticles – they look like red wine!
fluorescently-coated gold nanoparticles glow with red(left) and yellow (right) when we shine blue light on them
presenting a poster at a conference
chairing a session at a conference