During the course of my research I have become familiar with several analytical techniques including: X-ray diffraction (XRD); secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS); Raman spectroscopy; UV-vis spectroscopy; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS); contact angle measurement; energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX); wavelength dispersive analysis of X-rays (WDAX); scanning electron microscopy (SEM); transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). I also have a good working knowledge of the building modelling software Energy PlusTM.
I have taken part in several outreach programs helping to disseminate scientific research and ideas to a wider audience. This included performing practical demonstrations to a range of audiences, whether close-up (e.g. at the Wellcome Trust Elements events and at Bestival music festival) or in large auditoriums (e.g. at the Royal Institute Family Fun Day). I am also a member of the American Vacuum Society.
I am an inorganic materials chemist. My research focuses on the development of novel materials for photocatalytic water splitting for the production of hydrogen. I spent two years researching photoactive semiconductor materials at University of Padova, Italy focusing primarily on the synthesizing Fe2O3 nanostructures and analysing their potential for water splitting. My current research focuses on the production of biphasic Janus type nanocomposites for solar energy harvesting. These photocatalysts are uniquely built by sequentially depositing specific photocatalytic layers onto removable substrates and then dissolving the substrate away, fracturing the sheets into particles. The marriage of an oxygen catalyst (Fe2O3) and a hydrogen catalyst are hoped to form excellent water-splitting photocatalysts leading to highly efficient green hydrogen production direct from sunlight.