I am the COO of SUNRISE, a global challenges research fund project led by Swansea University, that will develop printed photovoltaic cells and new manufacturing processes, which can be used to construct solar energy products in India. These will then be integrated into buildings in five villages, allowing them to harness solar power to provide their own energy and run off the grid. The villages will benefit from Swansea University expertise in creating buildings that work as power stations, generating, storing and releasing their own power. SUNRISE is a Swansea-led consortium of 12 UK and Indian universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Brunel, and Imperial College London.
I joined the College of Science in 2016 at an exciting time as we worked to reintroduce Chemistry back into our undergraduate portfolio.
I had a particular interest in making this a success, having graduated with an MChem from Swansea prior to the closure of undergraduate teaching. My MChem included a year in industry at 3M where I developed a love of industrial coatings. After graduation I carried out an EngD in the corrosion and coatings group in the Materials Research Centre in the College of Engineering, sponsored by Corus and BASF, working with the coil coating industry on ultrafast curing of high-performance coatings.
From there I went on to lead energy storage research at the Swansea led SPECIFIC Innovation and Knowledge Centre and then I went on to manage the Materials and Manufacturing Academy. More recently, in addition to working in the field of functional coatings, I have been working on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded research projects, collaborating globally with other grantees, to develop transformative technologies in the fields of water and sanitation for developing nations.
These roles have enabled me to develop partnerships, collaborations and research expertise in a number of fields that have real-world applications and demonstrable impact for industrial partners.
I am a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), hold CChem and CSci registrations and sit on the professional standards board for the RSC. I am also Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM from IOM3), holding CEng status and sit on the membership committee, assessing applications for professional registration in the form of chartership.
I am interested in innovation and engagement, scale-up of technology and getting it to people with real-world problems to solve. I engage in consultancy and I’m working on a number of projects with AgorIP around commercialisation of the outputs of scientific research and developing spin-outs to get solutions to market. I also collaborate with colleagues across the colleges in the University in many interesting interdisciplinary projects.
Public engagement and science communication are also activities of huge importance and relevance and as such I am a registered STEM ambassador, an active member of Swansea University’s public engagement forum, have run large outreach projects, featured at Cheltenham Science festival, written for a popular science magazine and I’m a trustee of the EESW/STEM Cymru.
I have been a frequent speaker at teaching conferences and look to develop modern, research-driven and practice led teaching methodologies in my areas of expertise. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching at Higher Education and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Swansea University has an outstanding blend of all the right ingredients to make a real impact on lives and societies. Strong industrial links are at the heart of the community here, from the very formation of the University. New knowledge is created through research and disseminated by teaching and training by committed staff, leading to recognition for great student experience and employability. All this is boosted with world-class facilities and a fantastic location. I’m always keen to engage with collaborators, industry partners who have research needs or skills needs, as well as students and teachers and careers advisors who may wish to find out more about our activities.