Nicholas Pearce

Thanks to everybody for all the questions and votes. Well done to all the scientists, it's been great!

Favourite Thing: Celebrate when things work.



Solihull School for GCSEs and A-levels 2001-2008; Nottingham University 2008-2012 for Masters; Nottingham University 2012-Present for PhD


MSci in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry

Work History:

Delivered Newspapers; Lifeguard; Scientist

Current Job:

PhD Student


Nottingham University

Me and my work

I work in a chemistry lab making molecules to use in nanotechnology like electronics, micromachines and solar cells.

My Typical Day

I usually spend the day mixing chemicals in the lab and trying not to make them explode.

What I'd do with the money

I would release lots and lots of balloons, each with a fun science fact attached to them and see how far the knowledge spreads!

I’ll try and do this at a few of the schools that took part in my zone of I’m a Scientist, and get them involved too!

I’ll also try and put on a chemistry demonstration, with some exciting experiments full of flashes, bangs and pops!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?


Who is your favourite singer or band?

Katy Perry

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Traveled around Europe

What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist- fortunately!

Were you ever in trouble at school?

At least once

What was your favourite subject at school?

Chemistry of course!

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Discovered a way to improve chemicals in solar panels.

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Books, TV, teachers…lots of places really.

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

Perhaps a personal trainer.

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Superpowers: instant healing, teleportation and the ability to stop time would all be useful

Tell us a joke.

I often say to myself: ‘I can’t believe that cloning machine worked!’.

Other stuff

Work photos:


Purifying some fluorescent orange molecules


Working in the lab. I’m the guy on the left at the fumehood.

Here’s a link to a video I made of some chemistry:

I dropped a jelly baby into a test tube containing melted sodium perchlorate which reacts with the sugar in the jelly baby and you can hear it ‘scream’ as all the energy from the sugar is released in a powerful reaction!