Julia

Bio

My name is Dr Julia Percival and I’m a tutor of physical chemistry in the Chemistry Department at Surrey. I did my PhD in solid state chemistry, making new materials for lithium batteries and I now work on that and novel luminescent materials. Topics I’m interested in include crystalline materials, nano-materials, novel synthesis routes and educational research – or in other words, sparkly things, tiny things, making new sparkly tiny things and teaching other people to make sparkly tiny things. I teach physical chemistry, some bio-inorganic and communications modules. I also do quite a bit of chemistry outreach which is really just a good excuse to play with liquid nitrogen!
24
Feb
2012

Who says chemists don’t have a sense of humour?  You know how “funny” emails can get sent around an office despite the usual company policy of “If its funny don’t forward it – someone will get upset and we will get sued”.  These emails are usually either faintly offensive or contain many photo-shopped pictures of kittens.  Once you have seen one kitten in a teacup asking if it can “haz bizkit plz” you really have seen them all (trust me on this). Continue reading »

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23
Feb
2012

Hi…this is my first blog post so be gentle with me.  Today I was asked to do some “social networking for the good of the department”.  This all sounded quite ominous – conjured up images one of those cringe-worthy office parties where everyone has just worked out they have nothing in common and is studying the cracks in the ceiling to avoid starting a conversation.  Fortunately it turns out that we have just got a Twitter account…phew, no soggy canapés for me!  Follow us at @SurreyChemistry.

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