8 Questions with Dr Katherine Holt

19 October 2017

This week, meet Dr Katherine Holt who joined the department in 2004.  Katherine’s research area is electrochemistry.

1.How old were you when you first realised you were interested in chemistry?

My parents were chemistry teachers and I remember my dad taking me into his lab at school when I must have been about 9 - he put a penny into acid to make it shiny and I thought that was very cool!

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

I had no particular eureka moment to be honest - I was just good at chemistry at school, so chose it for my degree and...here I am!

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

Well as both of my parents are scientists it seemed an obvious thing for me to do. But my sister is a lawyer and my brother works in a museum, so clearly it wasn't inevitable!

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

I'm proud that the department assessment and feedback scores are edging up in the National Student Survey, because the Teaching Committee that I Chair has been working really hard on improving the feedback we provide to students. 

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

Everything Must Go by Manic Street Preachers, Amelie and Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre 

6. Who would be your dream dinner guests?

Tina Fey, Martha Gellhorn, David Attenborough, Simon Reeve and Ross Brawn. 

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

I once studied sculpture at St Martin's College. 

8. What are your top three things to do/see/go to in London?

London is great for walking: along the South Bank, Regent's Canal, around Piccadilly Circus in the evening....