Director, Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies
I am currently Whorrod Professor of Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath. I am also the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at Bath which carries out research, training and outreach in areas that are vital to the planet’s sustainability such as solar energy, biofuels, bioplastics and renewable resources.
Having gone to school in Worksop and Sheffield, I studied Chemistry at University in Swansea and Cambridge. Following lectureships at Cambridge and Durham, at the age of 32, I moved to a Chair in Chemistry at the University of Bath.
I speak regularly in public and to school children about how science and engineering can (and does) address some of the many challenges of sustainability; in particular about how recent advances in chemical sciences are contributing to society. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a previous recipient of the Harrison Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of a Royal Society Industry Fellowship.
Outside work I seem to have developed a bad habit for accumulating old cars, I am a sometime cyclist and a (very) ex-rock climber.