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Philip Aston Shortlisted for West Midlands Chemistry Technician of the Year

Philip Aston Philip Aston,
Department of Chemistry

Philip Aston, a Mass Spectrometry Technician from the Department of Chemistry has been shortlisted for the prestigious title of West Midlands Chemistry Technician of the Year.

The award has been developed in partnership between the University, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Advantage West Midlands, University of Aston and HEaTeD to recognise excellence in technical work in support of chemical sciences across all sectors, including business, education, research and government in the region.

Philip said he was shocked to have made the shortlist, especially because he had only been doing the job for a matter of months.

"It was a bit of a surprise at first. I’m really, really happy and proud that someone thought about putting my name forward for it," he added.

"I never thought I would go through because I only started the job in October."

Philip was put forward for the award by the University’s chemistry research fellow Ana Mario Pizarro who was impressed with his attitude from day one. She said: "Phil takes great pride in his work and goes above and beyond the call of duty dispensing valuable advice. He has assisted students and post-docs in the research group where I work several times even helping repair instruments not under his care when we required his expertise."

"Mass Spectrometry facilities in the Department of Chemistry are world class and Phil has had a positive impact upon the team and the department as a whole. He has enabled the service to run as a well-oiled machine, running samples, carrying out the training of students and instrument maintenance."

The award ceremony is taking place as part of the British Festival of Science at Aston University between September 14-19.