I have 20 years research experience in organic and analytical chemistry most of which has involved the synthesis and analysis of biological molecules with interesting properties. Some of this work involved developing a new approach to preparing novel fluorinated organic compounds.
Since 2010 I have moved into management roles and I am currently Head of Engineering & Architectural Studies at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. While this means I no longer am actively involved in research it does mean I can support those who are.
Over the past few years I have also realised the importance of science communication, and as such started this blog along with giving a range of public talks. Science communication is important for not only encouraging the public to understand and enjoy the benefits of science, but also to immunise them against the purveyors of pseudoscience and anti-scientific sentiments.
I’m also interested in technology enhanced learning and learning centered learning, and in the past have been involved in a project developing interactive animations for teaching basic chemistry concepts.