I volunteer with Reading Friends of the Earth and enjoy rock climbing, eclectic music, poetry and art exhibitions, and movies. I believe that if everyone spent at least 2 hours per month to volunteer to support a cause that is important to them then the world would be much closer to matching our best hopes and dreams.
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I am an electrochemist working in “beyond lithium ion” research and development with experience across many battery technologies. I have significant background experience in fuel cell and electrolysis research.
In addition to laboratory experiments, I am involved in all aspects of “getting work done” which includes
conceptualising a project and the innovations anticipated within it’s scope,
proposal preparation to obtain funding (internal or external),
managing the project,
design experiments while working in a multidisciplinary mode and collaborating with other field experts (within and outside JM)
working with intellectual property team to write patents,
closing down a project
and exploitation (transferring knowledge to others to move work forward and realise benefits)
managing/overseeing lab operations and building future capabilities
My Typical Day:
I do not have a typical day as my work brings me across a wide range of tasks including interactions with people across a range of places.
My activities are highly varied across running experiments, analysing data, creating/presenting presentations, analysing patents, reading scientific literature, project management, expanding collaboration network, traveling to various sites/labs, planning/managing lab needs, and managing personal tasks.
The flexibility is great but sometimes also demanding. On a given day I may wake up at 5:30 to travel to Liverpool and not get home until 9pm the next day or I may get up at 9:00 and feed my backyard chickens while eating a bowl of cereal and comfortably get ready for a remote meeting at 9:30 with travel to the office for lab work starting around noon and return home at 7pm.
What I'd do with the prize money:
I would donate it to a local community organisation that has requested support from JM for their STEM activities but still hasn’t met all of their funding needs.
May 2004 BS Physics – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dec 2001 AS Math and Science – Schenectady County Community College
2016 – present Principal/Senior Scientist – Johnson Matthey, Reading, UK
2006 – 2016 Senior/Research Scientist – Johnson Matthey, Reading, UK
2004 – 2006 Fuel Cell Engineer – Johnson Matthey, Reading, UK
2000 – 2004 Co-op Engineering Assistant – Plug Power, Latham NY, USA
1999 – 2000 Systems Test Monitor – Plug Power, Latham NY, USA
- Research project pipeline development and implementation
- Team lead and research team member investigating Li-ion and beyond Li-ion technologies to deliver innovation within internal and collaborative external research programs.
- Industrial supervisor to various PhD students and Industrial Advisor Board member for various academic projects
- Lab Manager overseeing planning and functions for materials preparation and lab safety.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
sustainability driven "plant"
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What was your favourite subject at school?
maths and physics
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?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
system of a down
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
2 weeks in New Orleans
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
live to 300 with perfect health, a secure home each for all my friends and family, the power to convince decision-makers to expedite renewable energy infrastructure roll out at the fastest pace physically possible
Tell us a joke.
When my brother was 6 years old he went to school for halloween dressed as a smurf. They used the wrong blue makeup and it didn't come off of his face for 3 weeks. No joke :)