Holly Reeve

Coloured block

Chemist

I have always been fascinated by how and why things work. In particular, when I was at school, I was interested in engines and fuels; but the engineering answers I was given didn’t always satisfy my curiosity, so I started looking into the chemistry of the fuels themselves - this led me to studying Chemistry at the University of Oxford. For my research project, I was really excited to join the research group of Prof. Kylie Vincent due to her interests in H2 as a fuel and in how chemists can learn from nature. During my time working with Prof. Vincent, I developed the HydRegen technology that is explained in this video. I am now project managing a team of researchers as we try to take the technology to market. This means I have to think about both the science and the business strategies, and talk to companies about how we can deliver a system that could one day play a part in ‘cleaning up’ the chemicals sector.

As a group, we love to increase awareness of how biology and chemistry are merging to provide more sustainable methods for making the essential chemicals we rely on every day. We also enjoy communicating our research to everyone, whenever we can!

For more information about the technology

Article and video: click here

Radio show: Listen here

Blog article: Read here

Tuesday 18th Apr 2017, 11.00am

What can Chemists learn from nature?

Enzymes are the catalysts inside all living cells. They are responsible for speeding up chemical reactions, turning one chemical (the starter chemical) into another chemical (the product).

Nature is full of chemicals – flavours, fragrances, medicines. Living systems have been making these useful chemicals for billions of years, but usually only tiny quantities, because that’s all they need! In this animation we find out how chemists are learning from nature to create these chemicals in much larger quantities, to satisfy our...