8 Questions with Dr Vijay Chudasama

15 November 2017

This week, meet Dr Vijay Chudasama who was appointed to Lecturer in April 2015.  Vijay is an Organic Chemist working in the Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology Section who has a passion for Formula 1.

1. How old were you when you first realised you were interested in chemistry?
16/17 years old; during my AS/A-levels is when I got very interested.

2. What made you take up a career in chemistry?

It's central role in so many industrial and medicinal applications. For me, a core understanding in Chemistry allows you to try and push the boundaries in so many disciplines - this is what I like the most about a career in Chemistry.

3. Who inspired you to take up chemistry and why?

Mr McKenzie. Like many I guess, an inspirational 6th form/college teacher.

4. What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?

Establishing my research group and having a close working relationship with them. Helping them achieve, learn and develop is very important to me. Seeing them get reward for their efforts is when I am most proud.

5. What is your favourite album, film and novel?

  • Album = Don't listen to much music to be honest, I'd prefer to listen to The Steve Allen radio talk show over any album.
  •  Film = Se7en.  
  • Novel = Don't read many novels either so I'll cite my favourite lengthy review instead - "The Chemistry of Acyl Radicals" by C. Chatgilialoglu, D. Crich, M. Komatsu and I. Ryu (Chem. Rev., 1999, 99 (8), pp 1991–2070).

6. Who would be your dream dinner guests?

I'd quite like to have a dinner with everyone I have ever published with + my wife (of course).

7. What would it surprise people to know about you?

I've watched pretty much every Formula 1 Free Practice, Qualifying and Race for about 10 years, and I also play Age Of Empires II (AoE-II) with my group rather regularly (too regularly).

8. What are your top three things to do/see/go to in London?
The Natural History Museum, Lord's Cricket Ground, and the British Museum