My journey into the world of chemistry began in 2012 with the BSc (Hons.) Chemistry programme at the University of Plymouth. During my studies I have developed a particular interest in Organic and Analytical branches of chemistry.
During the final year of my degree I carried out a multi-step synthesis of an alkyl xylene under the supervision of Professor Simon Belt. This facilitated development of key skills in using various techniques for purification, characterization and quantification of organic compounds and allowed me to tackle a number of challenges associated with organic synthesis.
By the time I graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 2015, I was very interested in further developing both my knowledge of chemistry and that of the scientific community. In September 2015 I started my PhD programme funded by Plymouth University and the Geological Survey of Norway. I will work under the supervision of Professor Simon Belt and collaborate with Dr Jochen Knies to expand knowledge of an Arctic sea ice biomarker proxy (designated IP25) and develop methods for past climate reconstruction in the Barents Sea.
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