Maths underpins everything, but you already knew that, right?

From wikipedia: Mathematics includes the study of such topics as quantitystructurespace, and change. Mathematicians seek and use patterns to formulate new conjectures; they resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof. When mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from countingcalculationmeasurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity from as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry. (From


PhD student
Univeristy of Bristol

Development of fluorescent, carbohydrate-based nanoparticles as glycomultivalent platforms


PhD Student
University of Bristol

I make and functionalise small nanoparticles called carbon dots that we make by microwaving sugar in a domestic microwave for 3 minutes. I am attaching drugs to these nanomaterials so that the drugs can work better and be less toxic than they are on their own.


PhD Chemistry Researcher
University of Bristol

I am researching ways of doing the reactions Nature has evolved to do in living organisms, in a test tube instead. This will allow us to better understand the role carbohydrates play in biology, and then we can use this knowledge to create new medicines and treatments.


Research Fellow
University of Bristol

Measure greenhouse gas concentrations at monitoring sites around the UK and look at the sources and changes in the fluxes of these gases. I have also set up gas monitoring sites in the Antarctic in a previous job.

Kara Ranaghan

Senior Research Associate
University of Bristol

I work on various research projects relating to computational enzymology. Supervise project students, graduate students as well as some small group teaching.

Andrew Orr-Ewing

Professor of Physical Chemistry
University of Bristol

I teach undergraduates (through lectures, tutorials and workshops), carry out research, publish papers describing the outcomes of this research, travel the world reporting the research outcomes at conferences, universities and research institutes. I also contribute to the running of my department, to the review of other people's research papers and grant proposals. My research uses lasers to generate pulses of light less than a billionth of a second long, which is short enough to watch how molecules change during chemical reactions. We use techniques based on infra-red and UV/visible spectroscopy to observe short-lived reactive intermediates form and turn into reaction products. We also study reactions of importance for our understanding of the complex chemistry going on in the Earth's atmosphere, for example to learn how pollutants or organic molecules emitted by plants are oxidized and removed from the air.

Matthew Crump

Professor of NMR and Structural Biology
University of Bristol

I lecture and run a research group at the University of Bristol. This involves teaching and engaging with undergraduate students in all aspects of their studies as well as cutting edge research in my lab. The research involves mentoring postgraduate students, writing up our results as papers for publication and travelling to present results at conferences around the world.

Tim Snow

Data Analysis Scientist
Diamond Light Source

Enabling or enhancing the analysis of data gathered from small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) experiments alongside conducting research primarily using SAXS.

Rob Felix

Head of Product Management

The team of Product Managers find useful and interesting products for the chemistry team to make, and ensures we have the correct licenses in place. We also look to collaborate with external scientists to commercialize novel compounds that otherwise would simply be forgotten.