Zoe Roberts

Favourite Thing: Freezing things with liquid nitrogen!



Croham Hurst School, 2002-2007; Caterham School, 2007-2009; University of Hull 2009-2013


10 G.C.S.E’s; A levels in 3D Design, Chemistry, Physics and Maths; Masters in Chemistry (MChem) with a year of industrial experience

Work History:

Lubrizol, Dstl

Current Job:

PhD in Polymer Chemistry


University of Warwick

Me and my work

I make new materials, explore their properties and see what they can be used for.

My Typical Day

Synthesise, analyse, test and repeat!

What I'd do with the money

Invest it in the chemists of the future!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Enthusiastic, curious and authentic

Who is your favourite singer or band?

John Mayer

What's your favourite food?

Tacos – I always try and make a trip to Taco Bell when I am in America or now Manchester!

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Swam with Dolphins

What did you want to be after you left school?

A vet just so I could cuddle cute animals all day!

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I like to call it, ‘living life to the full’!

What was your favourite subject at school?

Chemistry but only because it didn’t involve writing essays and I could play with/put stuff in a bunsen burner and see what happened!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

I have developed science and technologies for defence applications that have helped save lives.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My A Level chemistry teacher – Dr Thomson

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A social worker

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

The money and time to travel the world and experience as many different cultures as I can!

Tell us a joke.

Never trust atoms, they make up everything!

Other stuff

Work photos:


Me in the lab


3D printed disney castle


Sunset lab rainbow


Solvent bottle buckaroo


Nucelar Magnetic Resonance machine


3D printed winterfell