Simon Barnes


I started with higher education by enrolling on a Chemistry degree program at Manchester Metropolitan University. During the course of my degree I developed a greater interest in the research aspect, so I switched to a Master program. Upon graduation, I wanted to broaden my personal perspectives, so spent some time outside of the UK as a post graduate researcher in Sweden at Luleå University of Technology. I was part of a chemical engineering group looking at the field of zeolite membranes.


After gaining some experience, I decided to return to the UK to get a PhD closer to my background, chemistry, while still retaining some aspects of engineering and then transition to industry. The IT-CDT was a great option for this as tribology is a multidisciplinary area of great interest and there are a lot of research questions around the field that need to be answered. This coupled with the taught aspect and focus on working with a team, as well as individually, makes it accessible for people of various academic backgrounds. I also believe that the links that the CDT has with industry will help further strengthen and develop research skills and improve career prospects.