Dr Tom Draper

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  • Qualifications:BSc MSc PhD
  • Position:Research Associate in Chemistry and Unconventional Computing
  • Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology (FET)
  • Telephone:+4411732 85652

About me

I am a researcher in the Unconventional Computing Laboratory, based in UWE. I completed both my BSc and MSc in Chemistry at the University of Bristol, focusing on catalysis and air-sensitive inorganic synthesis, with Professor Robin Bedford. I then completed my PhD jointly under Dr John Turner and Dr Qiao Chen, at the University of Sussex. My PhD, situated at the inorganic/physical border, involved air-sensitive organometallic synthesis, small molecule activation, heterogeneous photocatalysis, and nanotechnology.

My current work is focused on liquid marbles. This includes their creation, optimisation, investigation, and use in unconventional computing. Liquid marbles are (generally) microlitre sized droplets of water, coated in a hydrophobic powder. This effectively nullifies the surface tension of water, and enables them to do many fantastic things.

See my Google Scholar profile here, my research gate profile here, and my ORCiD here.

Area of expertise

Chemistry, Unconventional Computing, Liquid Marbles, Chemical Synthesis, Microfluidics


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