A brief overview of my scientific career
I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow at the Natural History Museum in London, where I am studying the impact of marine plastic pollution on seabirds, specifically the flesh footed shearwater Ardenna carneipes.
My research focuses on measuring the different properties of plastic fragments removed from seabirds’ stomachs, in order to better understand how the plastic is harming seabirds. We hope that by identifying the most harmful aspects of plastic, we can change how we make and use them to reduce the impact on wildlife.
I spent 4 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, where he worked on the Perseverance Mars rover mission. His job focused on calibrating and operating SHERLOC, a Raman spectrometer and science instrument mounted on Perseverance‘s robotic arm.
On the 19th of February 2021, the rover landed safely in Jezero Crater and began its multi-year exploration mission. Since then, I’ve helped the team plan surface operations for the rover, analyse data collected by SHERLOC, and report findings to the scientific community.
I did my PhD at Imperial College London, where I studied organic photovoltaics (OPVs), a new generation of solar panels based on cheap, printable organic materials.
My PhD focused on understanding how these new materials behave at the molecular level, and how this behaviour impacts their performance and stability in solar panels.
I started my career in science at Sussex University, where he completed an undergraduate Masters degree in chemistry, later specialising in physical and theoretical chemistry.
My Masters dissertation was on theoretical chemistry, studying the diffusion pathways of lithium ions inside graphite lattices used as cathodes in lithium batteries.