EducationHarlington Upper school, Bedfordshire
QualificationsGCSEs: Maths - A English lit. - A* English lang. - B Biology - A* Chemistry - A* Physics - A* Business studies - B History - A French - C Drama - C ICT - merit PE - merit A-levels (Harlington upper school): Mathematics – A* Chemistry – A* Physics – A Mchem degree (University of Warwick) - 1st
Current JobPhD student at University of St Andrews Physics department.
Prof. Ifor Samuel and Prof. Eli Zysman-Colman
Favourite thing to do in my job: Getting that Eureka! moment after working on a problem for weeks.
About Me: I really enjoy science and reading but also have a variety of other interests including Tennis, drumming and gaming!
My Work: In my group we have a wide variety of topics but they all relate to light-matter interactions. Topics include: Organics LEDs (light emitters diodes), explosive detection and solar power (my personal area).
My Typical Day: I work with a variety of equipment. Ranging from lasers to clean room work as well as working through papers in the office if not doing experiments. One of the benefits of being a scientist is that you can have freedom to work on whatever you feel like each day! (mostly).
Go to the gym or play tennis early in the morning to wake myself up for the rest of the day. Get on top of emails and other small jobs then use that task ticking momentum to move onto bigger tasks like preparing small sample solar cells (as seen in the left picture) or analyse them with a laser mirror table set-up (as seen in the right picture). Afterwards, I find that cooking helps relax me after a long day and then I watch videos or play games in the evening.
What I'd do with the prize money: Probably buy enough food to get myself through those long days in the lab :)
In all seriousness, put on talks and demonstrations to get more school kids passionate about science by sparking their interests with Eureka! moments that drive every scientist.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, Imaginative, determined
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The original 17th century scientists (Newton, Galileo etc.)
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
One detention for laughing
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Some boring office job probably
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Red hot chill peppers
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be on time for things, annoy less people with questions, remember people's names the first time I hear them
Tell us a joke.
Yo mama so fat she made an onion cry