Sheffield Hallam University

I studied Materials Science at Oxford University, and also completed my DPhil there, which was on the microstructure and properties of superconducting thin films. After a post-doctoral position at Oxford, I moved to the University of Manchester and then to UMIST. In 2004 I came to Sheffield Hallam University, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2006 and a Principal Lecturer in 2013.

My research interests lie in the correlation between the structure and the physical properties of materials at the atomic scale, and I have investigated these in functional ceramics, aluminium alloys and semiconducting materials.  I am a STEM ambassador and run activities on topics as diverse as the quickest way to rescue Lego people trapped in ice, how to detect fake pound coins  and the chemical elements found in technology.