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. It was a great opportunity to inspire a younger generation and to garner skills explaining our research to non-scientists.
In January 2019, I joined a few other DST CDT students to participate in the annual Science Gala at the University of Warwick. We were able to to explain the properties and applications of diamond to school students interested in STEM.
ChemContext - Prize for the Best Poster