Clearex Plastics, Dow Chemicals
Senior Lecturer in Polymer and Composites Processing
The University of Manchester
Favourite thing to do in my job: Making new materials and then breaking them to see how they perform.
Teaching and research on polymers and composites.
I’m a lecturer in polymer science at the University of Manchester, working in a composites research centre. I teach polymer science and technology and my research is now mainly in polymer composites – with reinforcements ranging from carbon fibres to nanoparticles.
My Typical Day
Currently a mixture of marking exams/administration and research on polymers and composites.
No such thing as a typical day, which is why my job is interesting. At the moment marking of exams is most important but otherwise I could be, for example, visiting a company, talking to research students, reading drafts of papers or PhD theses, meeting with other researchers or visitors, writing papers, teaching or attending a conference.
What I'd do with the prize money
Have fun spreading the word about the wonderful world of materials.
I’d like to use the money to help our outreach activities; these include short courses for school teachers and for students, events at science and engineering fairs, as well as design competitions for schools. Our latest must-have item to play with, sorry – I meant demonstrate the wonders of materials, is the 3-D printing pen! (see http://the3doodler.com/).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
experienced, rotund, enthusiastic
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
At first – employment, then I became hooked by polymers.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes; occupational hazard as a school kid
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Dread to think
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Probably waterskiing – I was rubbish, but still….
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
From the above it looks like- a less rotund waterskier who used to be in Joy Division
Tell us a joke.
I never believe atoms – they make up everything!