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Covert taggant nanoparticle inks - discovery, process and product development, and analysis for sustainability and efficiency
Scintillation materials for the detection of Special Nuclear Materials (SNMs)
BA Hons & MSci Natural Sciences - Chemistry (University of Cambridge '09)
Summer research student at the BP Institute (Cambridge) in '08 and the Department of Chemistry (Cambridge) in '09.
I'M ORIGINALLY FROM...
Japan, England and France.
WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC
I was interested in working with people from various backgrounds and with different perspectives on how to tackle a wide range of security challenges. I also thought that the social aspect of working with coursemates during the MRes year would be a great way of settling in at UCL and London in general.
Synthetic and analytical chemistry, particularly in the areas of inorganic and materials chemistry - but I am also willing to work in interesting areas that I have not touched on previously. Hence, I will be working in the Dept of Chemical Engineering for part of my PhD to develop a model for optimisation of the process used for nanoparticle synthesis.
WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING
Catch up with friends, and when I have more time, I like to travel abroad.
MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS
Would either like to stay in academia whilst maintaining a good level of interaction with industry and/or the public sector; or work in industry. Either way, I wish to work on real-world challenges and produce usable results, and would be happy to work in a variety of countries.
WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM
For my PhD, I will be working with Sun Chemical which has the knowledge and expertise in the area of covert security taggants - useful for understanding what novel types of taggant are of interest.
As part of my MRes project I collaborated with the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology, which provided access to neutron sources.
International Crime Science Conference; July 2012 in London, UK (poster presented)
Phosphor Global Summit; March 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ, USA (poster presented)
International Crime Science Conference; July 2011 in London, UK
UCL Security and Crime Research Network Conference; December 2010 in London, UK (co-organised and attended)
European Security Research Conference; September 2010 in Oostende, Belgium