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Liam Wintrip

I chose to study chemistry as I enjoyed studying it at sixth form. I find the subject fascinating, chemistry is complex, and feared by most people, yet it affects every person’s life on a daily basis.

Liam  Wintrip

BSc (Hons) Chemistry

'I was ready to start working but wasn’t ready to stop learning!'

I chose to study chemistry as I enjoyed studying it at sixth form. I find the subject fascinating, chemistry is complex, and feared by most people, yet it affects every person’s life on a daily basis.

I studied part time at university as part of the Young Scientist programme at Training for Enterprise (TTE) and was funded by my employer Johnson Matthey. I wanted to get one foot into the chemical industry - I was ready to start working, but wasn’t ready to stop learning! I was able to study without having to leave home, and work within the same vicinity.
The chemistry course at Teesside University had the perfect balance of theory and practical. While learning the key knowledge to progress as a chemist, time was still provided to learn the relevant analytical techniques which coincided perfectly with working in the chemical industry.

Following my graduation, I am working full time at Johnson Matthey Davy, working within the LP OxoSM research and development group. The main focus of my work is to perform the test work to provide the key process parameters to develop new technologies, and also overcome client issues, providing them with continuous support. This includes the operation of mini-plants that simulate the key reaction stages of a commercial Johnson Matthey Davy plant design, as well as performing numerous analytical techniques to support the test work. I also offer support to existing licensees to help overcome and alleviate any issues that arise. I am currently due to travel to China to help commission my first commercial chemical plant. I was shortlisted for the 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) apprentice of the year award, for outstanding contribution towards the development of a new liquid phase hydrogenation catalyst.

In the future I hope to progress as a chemist within Johnson Matthey Davy, gaining more responsibility, while continuing to expand my understanding of the various technologies, before becoming a technical expert in a set field.
I would recommend Teesside University and my course, it provides the perfect amount of theoretical and practical learning to develop you into a chemist, and prepare you for a career in the chemical industry.