Sir John Leman High School, Beccles
University of Leicester
3 A levels (2 Bs and a C)
Masters Degree in Chemistry
PhD in Soft Matter Science
University of York
I live with my wife in York and I make biodegradable plastics. In my spare time I like to play basketball, tennis and football. Will answer ANYTHING if you have a photo of a dog…and even if you don’t to be honest
I got married in July and am still buzzing from it. We have made it 2 months so far without getting divorced! I am super tall (6 ft 8 in) so none of my clothes fit and I am constantly hitting my head on things. I am a big fan of basketball and football, and have recently taken up playing tennis, which is still a work in progress! I love cooking and am always on the lookout for new recipes
My pronouns are:
I currently work on the CHAMPION project (Home | Champion Project (champion-project.eu)) where we are trying to make recyclable and biodegradable plastics from natural sources.
Most plastics are made from fossil fuel sources, of which there are limited resources which will run out in the next few decades. We aim to make plastics from natural sources such as sugars in biomass which is typically left over when food is harvested from crops. We are also aiming for our plastics to have better end-of-life options. Biodegradation and/or recycling offers a greener solution to landfill or incineration of waste materials and prevents harmful materials getting into the environment where they can be consumed by animals.
My Typical Day:
I wake up when I can be bothered. Head to the lab around 8am to set up some experiments. Meetings in the afternoon and I usually go home around 5.
I normally wake up between 7 and 8, and walk to work. I set a few reactions going which typically take a few hours so I then have time to discuss ideas with people and read about some other science that people round the world are currently doing. Chatting science with friends over a coffee is one of the best ways to come up with new ideas. Head home around 5. Play some tennis with my wife and then cook dinner
What I'd do with the prize money:
Create more publicly-available resources for spreading the message about our recyclable and biodegradable plastics. We have discussed making videos and making props to take with us on future activities to help explain the really simple chemistry that is taking place
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Tall Green Chemist
What did you want to be after you left school?
A medical doctor
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, mostly for talking back to teachers
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Chef or fire fighter
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Jade Bird or Biffy Clyro
What's your favourite food?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be happy. See more of my family and friends. Clothes that fit.
Tell us a joke.
What's the fastest milk in the world? Past your eyes!