thanks for visiting this page!
see those colourful objects behind me? They represent atoms and
molecules and my job as a Project Scientist is to explore their
behaviour including the electrons whizzing around inside them, and I
do this using computers. In essence, I simulate exploratory and
analytical experiments on a computer –‘in
if you like – to determine the structure and properties of
different materials. Some of the materials I have researched include:
clay minerals and how they adsorb molecules on their outer surfaces
and inside the spaces within their structure; mineral oxides and how
they adsorb pollutants such as mercury; pre-cursor materials of
perovskites; and more recently, organic molecular crystals.
minerals are prevalent in our lives in many contexts, from drug
delivery to cat litter, and a variant of clay minerals may even have
contributed to the origins of biological life on Earth. Mineral
oxides are also abundant and are used everywhere, the most common of
which and most diversely exploited is titanium dioxide used in sun
cream and in solar cells. Perovskites are also used in the renewables
energy industry, and organic molecular crystals are highly important
to the pharmaceutical industry.
even though as one of the computational scientists in the chemistry
group here at Daresbury I examine the very small, the potential
impact of such work is very much at the large-scale.
you have a material problem that you would like to discuss please
feel free to get in touch with us!