So my name's Sam Rowe I'm a fourth year PhD student and my research is all about renewable energy, so it's all about trying to turn sunlight or solar energy into all of the different fuels and chemicals that we need.
Why is your research important?
So for me it's important because the issues of energy affect absolutely everyone and my research really stems from the fact that fossil fuel reserves like coal, oil and gas are going to run out eventually so that's why we want to use an abundant source of energy like solar energy to make all of the different chemicals and things that we need.
What could it mean in the real world?
What I'm trying to do is turn solar energy straight into a fuel or a chemical using bacteria and that sort of technology in that interface is quite new.
What do you enjoy about your research?
So what I really enjoy about what I'm doing is that it's working at the interface between chemistry and biology, so it's trying to interface light absorbing chemicals with different bacteria. So in a way it's always trying to feed bacteria extra energy from the sun to get them to make all of the different fuels and chemicals that we want them to make.