Student Profile

Thomas Hardcastle

Cohort#2 CP3 CDT Student


Tom has a broad interest in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and CP3 appealed to him as it offered a space to develop a new set of skills whilst building on previous ones. He is particularly interested in drawing together knowledge and techniques from different areas of the chemical sciences in order to understand the full innovative process, from scientific first principles to troubleshooting industrial techniques.

Tom currently holds an MChem in Chemistry, obtained in 2014 from the University of Manchester, and an MSc in Polymers, Colorants and Fine Chemicals, obtained in 2015 from the University of Leeds. HIs research has included synthesis of porphyrin based dyes for Gr├Ątzel Cells and reactive disperse dyes for cotton, as well as computational analysis of Diels-Alder reactions involving graphene sheets. Tom also works part-time at Microsearch Laboratories as an analytical chemistry technician.

In Tom’s spare time, he likes to boulder and play bass guitar, neither of which he is any good at.

PhD project: Structure-property relationships for physical and chemical properties of pharmaceutical salts
Industry partner: Novartis
Primary Leeds supervisor: Dr Andrew Scott