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Nationality: Dual nationality British and Irish
Date of Birth: 21 November 1978
Clean UK driving licence

Research experience

2008 - 2012 University College London
Electric Fields and CVD
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship
Investigation into the effects of electric fields in chemical vapour deposition reactions with a particular focus on the link between film growth, film structure and functional property.

2007 - 2008 University College London
Chemically Modified Discriminating Gas Sensors. Post Doctoral Research Fellowship - EPSRC funded.
Supervised by Professor I.P. Parkin & Dr. D.W. Lewis
Use of zeolite overlayers and mixtures to improve the properties of solid state metal oxide gas sensors. Additional responsibilities include training and mentoring of new Ph.D. students and supervision of existing group members.

2005 - 2007 University College London
Termoglaze - Production of thermochromic glazings for energy saving applications. Post Doctoral Research Fellowship - EU funded.
Supervised by Professor I.P. Parkin
Use of atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition to produce thermochromic thin films based on doped vanadium oxides. Additional responsibilities include supervision of undergraduate and new Ph.D. students.

2001 - 2005 University College London
Chemical Vapour Deposition of transition metal phosphides and oxides (Ph.D. EPSRC funded. CASE award with Pilkington Glass Plc.)
Supervised by Professor I.P. Parkin and Dr C.J. Carmalt
Use of aerosol assisted and dual-source atmospheric pressure techniques to produce thin films of main group metal phosphides and oxides. Additional work conducted on the production, characterisation and testing of gas sensor devices. Film and device characterisation performed using EDXA, SEM, EPMA, XRD, UV-VIS, Raman and XPS techniques. Additional responsibilities include supervision of undergraduate and new Ph.D. students.

2000 - 2001 University of Durham
Luminescence of lanthanide (III) ions in smectic clays and zeolites (Fourth year project)
Supervised by Dr D.H. Powell
Use of ion exchange reactions and heat treatments to produce intercalated compounds. Analysis performed by use of high-resolution laser fluorescence spectroscopy and luminescence lifetime measurements.

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2001-2005 University College London
Ph.D. Chemistry.

1997-2001 College of St Hild and St Bede, University of Durham
M.Sci (Hons) Chemistry 2(ii)

1990-1997 Kelsey Park School For Boys
3 A Levels: Physics (A), Chemistry (C), Maths (E)
9 GCSE's grade A-C including English, Science and Maths

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Work experience

2005 Coral Racing. Shop Manager

2004 - 2005 Norville Optical Ltd. General Lab Manager

Responsibility for the day to day running of the lab including all aspects of production, equipment maintenance and team management. I worked closely with Pentax UK to meet their order numbers and customer service targets.

1999 - 2004 Ladbrokes Racing Plc. Relief Manager

Day to day running of a betting shop making sure that cash is effectively controlled, marketing is completed accurately and effectively and that betting rules and procedures are adhered to. There is a high level of customer interaction, often regarding the settlement of bets.

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Key Skills Gained From Employment

Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
Attention to detail and following procedures accurately.
Communicating efficiently with colleagues, customers and third parties such as sales reps.
Working in a team with a wide variety of different staff in different locations.

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Professional Interests

I am a member of the Royal Society of chemistry and am currently working towards charted chemist status; i am due to obtain this in early 2009. I am an active member of the Society of Chemical Industry; I am the treasurer of the London regional group and also sit on the Materials Chemistry and Membership Advisory Committees as an ordinary member.

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