Alexander Henderson

Enjoying all the great questions!

Favourite Thing: Discovering new things; it could be a small or large finding but the feeling and thrill is great!



Harrow School (2002-2007); University of Bristol (2007-2011 & 2011-present)


I am close to finishing a PhD in synthetic chemistry

Work History:

All over! Study Abroad Program at the University of Texas, Austin (2009-10); Summer Fellowship at Kyoto University, Japan (2013)

Current Job:

Studying for my PhD (Doctorate…. the “Dr” title)


University of Bristol / EPSRC Funded

Me and my work

I stick sugars to metals and try to do new types of chemistry.

My Typical Day

Coffee, purify reactions, coffee and read about chemistry, set up new reactions, coffee and have delusions of grandeur.

What I'd do with the money

Give it to our OutReach Programme and help school kids get into science

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Curious, determined, and independent

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Vance Joy

What's your favourite food?

BBQ; preferably Texan

What is the most fun thing you've done?

I once went sky diving :D

What did you want to be after you left school?

I did not know

Were you ever in trouble at school?

I got caught occasionally

What was your favourite subject at school?

Chemsitry… but photography was a close second

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

Getting the opportunity to travel

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

I had a very inspiring chemistry teacher at school; from that my sheer enjoyment of the subject has been enough to drive and lead me to where I am.

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

Um… hard to say; something in an office?

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

Success, the answers and better eyesight

Tell us a joke.

Q: What is brown and sticky? A: A brown stick!

Other stuff

Work photos:

The office myimage1

ChemMascot myimage2

Least favourite part of my day; doing the dishes myimage3