- Course: Synthetic Chemistry PhD
- Year of graduation: 2010
- Job title: Patent Attorney
Stewart Eccles studied for his undergraduate degree at Leeds and completed his PhD in 2010. He is now working as a patent attorney. Below he talks about his experience as a postgraduate research student here at Leeds’ School of Chemistry.
So what did your research involve?
My research focussed on a naturally occurring anti biotic, isolated from the bacteria of a sea sponge. My efforts were towards synthesising it, using synthetic chemistry, which I finally managed to achieve right at the end of my PhD.
What made you choose Leeds initially?
When I first came for the undergraduate open day and interview it was the friendliness of the staff and everyone here. The facilities were really appealing and I liked the feel of the university as a whole.
Why did you decide to do a research degree?
Quite a few reasons. Foremost was that I wanted to stay in Leeds, I had thoroughly enjoyed my MChem project and wanted to carry on and develop further research experience.
What do you think has been the best thing about doing a PhD?
Finally making the natural product; that was a great feeling as it was incredibly challenging. That’s easily the best bit.
What would say was the best thing about the School of Chemistry?
I think that the lecturers are excellent; they are all very enthusiastic. At postgraduate level you really get to know just how enthusiastic and knowledgeable they are. It was that which I really enjoyed.
And finally, what would you say to other students considering coming to Leeds?
It’s a great idea. Jump at the chance.