Dr Hywel Jones
only minutes until the result, arrgghhhhh! nail biting stuff.
Ebbw Vale Senior Comprehensive, Ebbw Vale (Wales)
University of Warwick (88 to 96)
University of Warwick
Sheffield Hallam University
Consultant and Principal Researcher
Solving problems. There’s nothing like that moment when, by using your knowledge, some analytical methods and some team work, you suddenly realise you’ve solved the problem you’d set out to tackle.
Me and my work
I’m a materials scientist working in a university but also working with industry to solve their problemsRead more
At the university I carry out research on a range of materials, including ceramics (for armour), precious metals (for jewellery) and super-hard materials (for knives and wear resistant parts). Occasionally this research will end up with us “inventing stuff” and we go on to patent the material or process and hopefully it will get used by industry and in the wider world. When that happens successfully its even possible to make money from it.
The work normally includes some travel, to conferences, meetings with international collaborators or to give invited lectures etc. This year I’ve been to the US and Japan and I’m off to China next month.
I have PhD students studying how to make knives cut better and last longer, a project on improving the efficiency of coal milling (makes the whole process use and emit less CO2) and a project developing new lighter weight ceramic armour materials (the army shoot at my work, I dont take it personally). The students are learning how to become really good scientists and at the same time helping companies with the outcomes of their research. They also get to work within the sponsoring companies and also get to travel to conferences. My students have been to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, USA and Canada recently.
I also work with companies when they have problems that I can help them solve using my expertise or the amazing equipment that the university. Its kind a bit like CSI for materials. In fact some of the work we do is forensic in nature; car crash investigations, failed components etc. We often see things we use everyday featured on CSI.
My Typical Day
Solving problems using analytical methods, supervising students (who are learning to do this too) and dealing with enquiries from industryRead more
When working with companies you never know what the next phone call will bring. It could be to analyse something in a cucumber sandwich, part of a nuclear submarine or to try and tell why someone’s brakes have failed (all have happened).
The research work is longer term and invloves managing a project of perhaps 3 years in length. Usually I look after a number of PhD students who are carrying out these projects.
What I'd do with the money
Fund the design of a webpage/blog to promote materials scienceRead more
I think that the use of Facebook, Twitter etc. and other blogging and websites can make the work of scientist more visible and more accessible to the public and to those in school and hopefully that will inspire them to want to do science as a career as it is such a rewarding thing to do.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
logical, determined, down-to-earth
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travelled around Australia
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) to always enjoy my job (tick), (2) to live in Australia/New Zealand one day (3) to be recognised for my contribution
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes but I wont say what for!
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
made a difference
Tell us a joke.
Two hydrogen atoms are walking down the street. One says “I think I just lost an electron”, the other says “Are you sure?” and the first one replies “Yes, I’m positive!”. Ba ba boom!!
are you invisible?
How often does an obese person fart compared to an average sized one?
Thanks for the advice on Warwick Uni the place looks great; and third on the table WOW
how does science in general work?
If you are in a car travelling at the speed of light, and you turn the headlights on, what happens?
What is the best thing youve invented?
can dejavue happen sub-consciousenly?????:)
There is obviously so much to study in the world of science, what else would you like to find out more about in the
have you met the other scientists?
why do we have eyelashes?
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