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Henry Royce National Outreach Officer, University of Birmingham

I am currently the Henry Royce National Outreach Officer at University of Birmingham and coordinate the activities of the 'Discover Materials' group (a group of ten universities with Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate courses) that promotes Materials Science as a discipline in its own right and the wonderful careers opportunities a degree in the are can open up.

I have been a chemistry and physics lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and my research interests include the surface chemistry of solid surfaces and the physical chemistry of bubbles and foams.

My previous postdoctoral research positions include studying, and modelling, enhanced erosion of water repellent soils, the effect of the wettability of inclusions on photoresists and the formulation of fluorine free foam formulations for fire fighting foams.


  • 2019–present
    Henry Royce National Outreach Officer, University of Birmingham
  • 2018–2019
    Lecturer of Physics, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2017–2018
    Lecturer of Chemistry, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2016–2016
    Lecturer in Chemistry and Physics, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2014–2016
    Lecturer in Chemistry, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2009–2014
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2007–2008
    Postdoctoral research associate, University of Birmingham


  • 2008 
    University of Birmingham, PhD Nanoscale Chemistry
  • 2003 
    University of Leeds, MSc Nanoscale Science and Technology
  • 2002 
    University of Nottingham, BSc (Hons) Chemistry of Materials


  • 2019
    A Review of Bubble Break Up, Advances in Colloid and Inerface Science
  • 2016
    Drop impact behaviour on alternatively hydrophobic and hydrophilic layered bead packs, Chemical Engineering Research and Design
  • 2015
    The effect of vessel wettability on the foamability of ‘ideal’ surfactants and ‘real-world’ beer heads, Journal of the American Society of Brewing Chemists
  • 2014
    Lithographically fabricated SU8 composite structures for wettability control, Surface and Coatings Technology
  • 2014
    Plastron Respiration Using Commercial Fabrics, Materials
  • 2013
    Effects of hydrophobicity on splash erosion of model soil particles by a single water drop impact, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
  • 2013
    Transitions of water-drop impact behaviour on hydrophobic and hydrophilic particles, European Journal of Soil Science
  • 2011
    Nano planar coil actuated micro paddle resonator for mass detection, Microelectronic Engineering
  • 2011
    Effect of Particle Size on Droplet Infiltration into Hydrophobic Porous Media As a Model of Water Repellent Soil, Environmental Science and Technology
  • 2011
    Passive water control at the surface of a superhydrophobic lichen, Planta
  • 2009
    pH-dependent adsorption of Au nanoparticles on chemically modified Si3N4 MEMS devices, Journal of Experimental Nanoscience
  • 2008
    A focused-ion-beam-fabricated micro-paddle resonator for mass detection, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
  • 2008
    Electrospinning nanosuspensions loaded with passivated Au nanoparticles, Tetrahedron
  • 2008
    Vapour phase formation of amino functionalised Si3N4 surfaces, Surface Science
  • 2007
    Engineering nanostructures at surfaces using nanolithography, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Short Term Scientific Mission
    Visiting researcher
    Funding Source:
    European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST)

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)