Tom grew up in Solihull, near Birmingham, and attended Arden school where inspirational teacher Phil Howe first guided him towards a future in physics. He continued onto the sixth form at Arden where he studied A-Levels in Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Economics. Tom went on to study Physics at the University of Sheffield and in 2014 he graduated with an MPhys (Hons) degree. During his undergraduate degree Tom particularly enjoyed modules on semiconductor physics, soft condensed matter and experimental techniques.
In October 2014 he began his PhD work with the EPMM group under the supervision of Dr Al Buckley and Professor David Lidzey. In his project Tom will investigate spray deposition as a way to fabricate polymer light emitting diodes. The research will include the investigation of new stable electrode materials, process engineering of spray deposition for these new materials and surface science of the electrode / polymer interfaces to elucidate structure / electronic property relationships.
In his spare time Tom enjoys cooking, pub quizzing as well as playing and watching football and American football.