Dr Stuart Batten
Stuart works as a chemist and a “crystal engineer”. Crystal engineering involves the design and analysis of crystal structures, with the aim of understanding and controlling the way molecules pack together in solids. The arrangement of molecules in solids has a big effect on their physical and chemical properties. In particular, he is currently trying to design new materials which show a large range of useful properties, such as magnetism, the ability to switch between two states, and the absorption of large amounts of gas, such as hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane.