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.
I completed the DST Master's course in 2017, gaining an MSc. 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, where I am using ultrafast time-resolved pump-probe spectroscopy to investigate the excitation and dynamics of hydrogen defects in diamond. Currently, I am focusing on natural diamond samples with high hydrogen content.
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).