Nanoco Group PLC

I like to experiment! Even as a small child I had a natural curiosity about how things work, and now I get to find this out in my career! I had always wanted to work in research and I really enjoy the challenge of trying to come up with new ideas and getting good results. As challenging as research can be, when you get the results it’s incredibly rewarding.

Martyn Peers

Senior Scientist

How would you describe your role?

I am a senior scientist and I work in R&D. Primarily I research and develop new materials and focus on making gains and improvements to technology in line with our customer requirements. I work very closely with the rest of my team, it is a very collaborative process and we all bounce ideas off one another.

What is your favourite part of your job?

I like to experiment! Even as a small child I had a natural curiosity about how things work, and now I get to find this out in my career! I had always wanted to work in research and I really enjoy the challenge of trying to come up with new ideas and getting good results. As challenging as research can be, when you get the results it’s incredibly rewarding.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Working in research means that your schedule is quite dynamic – it is defined by the work you are doing at a certain point. Some reactions will take days to complete, others hours. I will usually split my day between the office and lab, running reactions, analysing samples, analysing data, reading journal articles, writing reports, and attending team meetings.

What do you think are the biggest benefits of working at Nanoco?

The main benefit is that I enjoy my job and coming to work each day. Working for a small organisation means that you get to see the whole process, from conception to scale up to small scale manufacture even if you are not directly working in one of these areas.

For me also, it’s the people I work with. We have good working relationships and it’s a great atmosphere to work in. That makes a big difference, having colleagues you enjoy working with.

I feel that managers are very supportive and approachable which also makes it a positive workplace environment I could always go speak to someone if I have an issue.

Are there any drawbacks?

In a research team, there is always the challenge of uncertainty. However, your contribution makes an impact which you can see. Everyone understands how individuals are driving the business forward.