Charlie studied for a Masters in Chemistry (with an industrial placement year) at the University of Sussex, where he achieved a First Degree. The 12-month industrial placement year was spent overseas in the Netherlands working to formulate evermore ecologically-friendly wash detergents for the institutional marketplace (eg. retail, healthcare, hospitality, catering etc.). Roles included wash and stability testing, finalisation and characterisation of product formulae and initial scale-up processing trails. Upon arriving back at Sussex for his final year, Charlie began his Masters project in Astrochemistry, which looks to better understand the chemically active regions of space, the so-called Interstellar Medium. His focus was on studying and quantifying the processes that occur when relatively complex organic molecules are exposed to thermal and/or ultra-violet energies in an ultra-high vacuum.
Upon completion of his degree Charlie spent a year out of study and work to focus on his own personal development. Charlie is currently in the new MRes cohort for 2016-17 and is looking forward to the prospects of starting a PhD there at the IfM next year, within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision.