Gemma Draper, Manchester

I’m Gemma, a graduate in Chemistry from The University of Manchester, postgraduate student at The University of Manchester’s Dalton Cumbrian Facility, and lifelong dog enthusiast. I grew up in Coventry, and love city life, but now you’ll find me at nuclear science’s most rural British outpost on the west Cumbrian coast.

My undergraduate Masters was quite varied; I did my BSc project in organic synthesis and my MChem in physical chemistry with Dr. Sven Koehler. I heard about the NGN CDT from a lecturer – Dr. Alex Baidak, who is now my PhD supervisor – and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the nuclear sector. It offers a great introduction to someone relatively new to the field (like me!) and lots of opportunity for networking and personal development. During my PhD I will study the neutron radiolysis of water at high temperatures and pressures and use the results to improve some computational models.

When I’m not in the lab, you’ll find me adventuring in the Lake District, inventing new cake recipes at home, or spending time at the theatre.


Supervisors: Dr. Aliaksandr Baidak & Prof. Simon M. Pimblott