Annabel is a PhD student within the department of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham. Her research is polymers based, where she is working on controlling the phenomenon of secondary crystallisation within Polyhydroxybutyrate. Alongside this, she is undertaking a variety of Masters modules within other disciplines of materials science, to broaden her knowledge within the field as much as possible for the future.
Annabel studied for her undergraduate degree in Sports and Materials Science at Birmingham, where her final year project involved the production of novel polymer foams to improve the quality of castings produced in the lost foam casting process. During her time as an undergraduate, she was the recipient of the William Alexander Prize, awarded by the department of Metallurgy and Materials for the best performance in the first and second years of her course, as well as the Student Leadership Award presented by the University of Birmingham Sport. It was her undergraduate degree that sparked her keen interest in materials science, leading to her continuation onto postgraduate study, and desire to work within the materials science industry.
Annabel enjoys anything to do with sport and gets involved as much as she can. One of her favourite sports is cycling and likes to get stuck into some fairly crazy, long distance challenges such as the Paris-Roubaix Challenge and cycling from London to Birmingham!