Gryffe High School, University of Strathclyde
First Class Honours BSc in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry
University of the West of Scotland, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, University of Strathclyde
Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of the West of Scotland
My connections to STFC science and technology:
We make lots of organic crystals and use STFC facilities like the Diamond Light Source to work out what their structure is by using a technique called single crystal X-ray diffraction
Favourite thing to do in my job: I really enjoy working with our students and trying to help them improve their chemistry knowledge. I also get to do lots of research, which is great fun and this allows me to talk and meet with scientists all over the world.
I'm a bit of a geek but good fun too. I work hard but also like to enjoy life..
I work at the University of the West of Scotland, which is in Paisley, Scotland. It always rains here...
My Typical Day
No two days are the same in my job, something memorable always happens. I spend lots of time teaching chemistry and also doing chemistry research.
What I'd do with the prize money
I'd like to use the money to develop new technologies that would bring chemistry and specifically crystallography to life for young people.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Geek, fun, grey
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Travelled around the world
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My school chemistry teacher and then my PhD supervisor
What was your favourite subject at school?
Chemistry or History
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Something with my hands...
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Love hip hop...Lord Finesse or Main Source
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Swam with sharks in the Maldives
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I could retire young, be happy, be healthy
Tell us a joke.
Silver walks up to Gold in a bar and says, "AU, get outta here!"