Pat obtained a BSc Honors degree in Chemistry at Liverpool University in 1985 (Leverhulme Prize and Leblanc Medal for top first) and went on to study for a DPhil at Oxford University under the supervision of Richard Compton (1985 - 1988). Pat was subsequently elected to a Junior Research Fellowship in Physical Sciences, Balliol College, Oxford (1988 - 1991). Pat's adventures in electrochemistry continued with a SERC/NATO Fellowship with Prof. Allen Bard at the University of Texas at Austin (1990 - 1991).
Pat established the Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group at Warwick, where he has been lecturer (1992 - 1996), senior lecturer (1996 - 1998), Professor (since 1998) and Director of the Warwick Centre for Analytical Sciences (since 2008) funded by an EPSRC Science and Innovation Award. He has pioneered new and unconventional instrumental techniques, with application across a broad range of science. The drive has been a desire to obtain significant new insights into important physicochemical processes, using techniques that provide information to advance the state of the art. A particular focus has been the development of high resolution (microscopic and nanoscopic) probes. These advances have been described in more than 200 papers in leading journals, and 8 invited book chapters. He has also edited 2 substantial volumes on electroanalytical techniques and dynamic electrochemistry. Many of the experimental techniques developed at Warwick have been adopted by other research groups internationally and taken in-house by industry.
Pat’s work has received international recognition through notable international awards (e.g. Marlow Medal and Corday-Morgan Medal from the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Vetter Prize from the International Society of Electrochemistry); regular invitations to speak at key meetings; and extensive international collaborations. Substantial industrial interactions have arisen due to the reputation of the Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group for developing innovative approaches which provide new insights into complex (heterogeneous) systems relevant to industry.
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