I studied as an undergraduate at Warwick, gaining a Masters degree in Chemistry. During the summer of my third year, I worked with Vas Stavros and his group on a URSS project involving time-resolved spectroscopy. Vas prompted me to apply for the DST CDT as a means of doing a PhD in a similar area.
Warwick DST CDT
I completed the DST Master's course in 2017. As part of the course, I gained experience in research through two projects. I worked at the DTC Research Centre in Maidenhead for my first project, supervised Brad Cann. There, I used a variety of static analytical methods (FTIR, UV/Vis, microscopy imaging, EPR) to study defects in a suite of brown diamond samples.
In the second project, I worked closely with Amber Wassell (Cohort 2) and Stephen Lynch's group at Cardiff University on a project to upgrade and couple a wide-field microscope to a step-scan FTIR spectrometer, for detection of diamond photoluminescence spectra.
These projects gave me experience in research environments, working with diamond defects and optics. They gave me a foundation to continue looking at these topics in my PhD.
I use ultrafast time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy to investigate the excitation dynamics of hydrogen defects in diamond. Currently, I am focusing on natural diamond samples with high hydrogen content. I presented some preliminary UV pump - IR probe studies in my poster at the 2018 Diamond Conference.
For the duration of my PhD, I am jointly supervised by Vas Stavros, James Lloyd-Hughes and Mark Newton. My research is primarily based in the Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy (WCUS).
Teaching and Demonstrating
In the 2018/19 Academic Year, I taught in the Department of Physics as a Year 1 Maths Tutor and a Year 2 Errors Marker.
In August 2018, several of the DST CDT students, myself included, put on a special Diamonds are for Everything exhibit at Manchester Science and Industry Museum, which was a great opportunity to inspire a younger generation and to garner skills explaining our research to non-scientists.