175 Faces of Chemistry

Issued: Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:44:00 GMT

Glasgow PhD student Jamie Gallagher has been named as one of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s ‘175 Faces of Chemistry’ in recognition of his science communications work. The project showcases some of the most important past, present and future contributors to chemistry.

Jamie is a final-year chemistry and engineering PhD student and his thesis, supported by a Kelvin Smith Scholarship, explores the possibility of improving existing thermoelectronic processes to create greater efficiency and usability.

He also writes and presents entertaining and educational shows about science, and has performed at science festivals around the UK, as well as presenting at schools and universities and working with broadcasters.

‘When I get excited about a topic, I want to talk about it, and science communication gives me the chance to share my enthusiasm,’ says Jamie.  ‘A lot of people think that they can’t relate to science and engineering, but it’s really because they haven’t had information presented to them in a way they can engage with.’

Since Avenue 55 went to print, Jamie was announced as the overall winner of the inaugural Universitas 21 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. 17 universities from nine countries took part in the 3MT competition, which challenges doctoral students to communicate the significance of their research to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

He scooped the title for his presentation entitled ‘Hot and Powerful’ on the subject of nanostructured thermoelectronic materials, focussing on how to turn waste heat into electricity.

‘I am utterly delighted to have won the Three Minute Thesis competition,’ says Jamie. ‘Here at Glasgow we are encouraged to take our research out of the lab and classroom to share and learn from as many people as possible and I've had a fantastic experience doing this.’

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