Favourite thing to do in my job: Try new things!
Low temperature stability of surfactants used in shampoos, etc
I look at what happens to surfactants when they are cooled down. Surfactants are “surface active” agents that are used in many products found in your house or cosmetics such as shampoos because they are great for removing grease or stabilising the other components of your product but they often don’t like colder conditions and end up not working as expected or at all.
As for polymers, I use them to create tailor made storage containers or other random pieces by placing the liquid-likepolymer under UV light or in an oven to create a harder, more “set” material.
My Typical Day
Running around the lab like a controlled headless chicken, otherwise sitting at a computer
What I'd do with the prize money
Help after school/outreach activities
Help after school/outreach activities that help get more young people involved in science because it’s a shame that young people are turning away from science. At school it can often be hard to get into science because science is very broad and time is limited to cover everything on the curriculum, leaving less time for the more fun and interesting aspect of the subject.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Energetic, enthusiastic, determined
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Helped other scientists with their research – nothing beats teamwork!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My GCSE/A-level chemistry teachers
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sorry but I was boring/too well-behaved!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Accountant/banker… the boring desk jobs…
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Too much choice!
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Kickboxed with a world champion
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) To be able to fly – wouldn’t have to wait for transport or sit in traffic; 2) to be able to swim underwater like a fish – just because it would be cool; 3) which leaves… to own a big house with several dogs!
Tell us a joke.
Two atoms are walking along. One of them says: “Oh, no, I think I lost an electron.” ‘Are you sure?’ “Yes, I’m positive.”