Dr Richard A C Grindell, MRSC
Product Development Chemist, Sci-Tron Limited.
Richard began his academic career at the University of Hull in 2009, reading for an MChem in Chemistry with Nanotechnology.
During these years he gained considerable insight into cutting edge technologies through high quality teaching of physical chemistry and surface characterisation techniques. He graduated with a First Class degree with Honours in 2013.
That autumn, he emigrated to Manchester to take up a phD candidate position in chemistry at the University of Manchester.
His research focused on the synthesis and molecular magnetism of lanthanide organometallic complexes, with a view to designing compounds based on dysprosium that exhibit high-temperature magnetic blocking.
After completing his phD in the summer of 2017, he took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Manchester working for Dr Louise Natrajan. This came with a shift in research focus to using silica-mimicking ligands to generate complexes of uranium in unusual oxidation states.
This work is now being used to aid further understanding of the role pentavalent uranyl (UVO2) species play in bio-reduction processes in the environment around nuclear facilities.
In keeping with his interest in nanotechnology, Richard became Sci-Tron’s first employee after initially joining as a consultant. He now leads daily operations from synthesis to validation and shipping of advanced resist materials.