Originally from England, I moved to Northern Ireland to complete a BSc and MSc degree in chemistry at Queen’s University Belfast. During my degree I undertook an industrial placement year as a safety assessment scientist on reduced risk nicotine products at British American Tobacco. In my masters year I developed ionic electrolytes for both vanadium and organic redox flow batteries. I became fascinated by how these new energy storage technologies could replace our current national grids in the future, and the chemist’s role in impeding climate change.
Currently in StorEnergy, my PhD involves developing safer electrolytes for various battery technologies. As part of my PhD I will undertake a placement at Boron Molecular, a specialist in chemical manufacturing for energy materials, to scale-up these electrolytes. Outside of a chemistry lab, you can find me with a coffee in hand, lifting weights or with my head in a book.