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Chemistry technician gains MSc with distinction

Posted on 17 September 2012

Chris Mortimer, the senior technician in the Department of Chemistry's Mechanical Workshop has gained an MSc with distinction in Advanced Materials from the University of Surrey.

Chris Mortimer

The course consisted of 7 modules involving an intense week of lectures at the University of Surrey. The modules were as follows:

  • Introduction to materials science.
  • Introduction to physical metallurgy.
  • Polymers: Science, engineering and applications.
  • Introduction to composite materials science.
  • Corrosion engineering.
  • Ceramics and ceramic matrix composites.
  • Research methods.

The final project was research based with a dissertation title "An investigation of a bio-board, to be manufactured from natural fibres - a study of the failure mechanisms".

Chris Mortimer commented:

"When I started out on this course in late 2005 I was looking for a simple metallurgy course and struggled to find one, choosing this one. This was a postgrad course requiring a good degree to get on, of which I do not have, I managed to get on with 'industrial experience'. My main achievements are a more holistic view on my work and that of the research around me, enabling me to have a greater understanding."

 Chris was also awarded the James Huges prize for best part-time student.