Steve Yeates

Professor of Chemistry, Materials Chemistry Group

Steve Yeates

The biggest highlight, and I suppose privilege, is having always worked with interesting, motivated individuals. Every day is a new challenge and opportunity.

 

How would you summarise your research?

Chemistry is at the interface between fundamental physical understanding and real world effects. We cover application areas as diverse as healthcare (devices and consumer formulations), through to electronics and displays with a continuing interest and focus on manufacturing processes.

What do you think makes the School distinctive?

It seems like a sales pitch but I truly believe everyone here is striving for us to be the best we can in teaching and research, with people being central to that ethos. The infrastructure of the School is world-class and in my time working here no one has ever stepped in and said 'no you can't do that'.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The interaction with students and being able to bring real-world experience into the course material, bringing it to life.

How do you make your teaching up-to-date, innovative and inspirational?

Continually reviewing content and feedback from students to keep the teaching fresh and where appropriate using material available on the web to give real life examples and simulations.

What do you enjoy most about research?

The excitement when you have a hunch and it proves to be right.

What have been the highlights of your career?

I suppose I am lucky that I see highlights all the time. It could be the last paper or project or the next paper or project. The biggest highlight, and I suppose privilege, is having always worked with interesting, motivated individuals. Every day is a new challenge and opportunity.

When a student completes their course, what for you are the measures of success?

That the student has achieved their individual potential and has developed an open, enquiring mind. The importance of the softer skills should never be under estimated either and it is also important that they have made the most of all possible opportunities including things like internships, mentoring and generally getting involved with university life.

How do you think students remember you?

Hopefully as someone who is enthusiastic about science and its application in the real world, as well as being interested and supportive of them as individuals.

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