News editor, Chemistry World
I came to science via making mini traffic lights, measuring the speed of falling sycamore seeds and brewing fine ‘perfumes’ from whatever could be dug up from the garden. These unorthodox projects eventually led to a course studying biochemistry at Bristol to indulge my interest in science. Here I found that I had more of a flair for writing about science than actually doing it, after some spectacularly unsuccessful afternoon practicals!
After stints working on science journals, writing for society newsletters and editing and writing jobs with the magazine Chemistry & Industry I joined Chemistry World. Writing for the magazine has given me a wonderful opportunity to meet childhood heroes and some of the best scientists in the world. Telling the world about their work is not only great fun, but also matters. A scientifically literate public and body politic is vital if we expect evidence to play a greater role in policy-making.
Moungi Bawendi, Louis Brus and Alexei Ekimov win chemistry Nobel for quantum dots
The deal to rejoin the EU’s science programme makes sense for the country and it’s well overdue
New facility will allow OPCW to address changing nature of threat from chemical weapons
Gene editing could transform healthcare but no disease should be forgotten
Science craves certainty but the UK hasn’t been able to deliver it recently
Carolyn Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and Barry Sharpless take chemistry’s top prize
Efforts to trap carbon dioxide could consume a huge amount of forecast renewable energy growth