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 this year, I gained experience in research through two projects. I worked at the DTC Research Centre in Maidenhead, under the supervision of 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. This work was presented as a poster during the 2017 Diamond Conference.
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 were the foundation for 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).