An MChem Chemistry student from The University of Sheffield is helping us to solve complex chemical puzzles as part of her internship here at Diamond Dispersions.
Shannon North, 20, hails from Bedfordshire and joined the team for a 12 month long work placement at the end of August.
Explains Shannon, who started her course in 2012: “I was always interested in medicine through school but I’m way too squeamish to be a doctor! So, after studying chemistry, biology, physics and maths at ‘A’ level, I chose to come to Sheffield to study chemistry.
“It might sound a bit geeky but I love solving problems and chemistry is full of problems. There are so many different areas too, it’s not just about sitting in a laboratory all day.”
Continues Shannon: “In the last two years, I have particularly enjoyed the application of chemistry in consumer products so when I heard about the opportunity to work at Diamond, I had to find out more.
“I had an interview and was offered the job. Within the first couple of weeks, I was asked to take responsibility of quality control for a number of products. That was really scary but it shows the team trust in my abilities and that means a great deal to me.
“My highlight so far is solving a issue with one of the dyes. When I realised I’d found the answer, I was so excited. It’s definitely the best part of the job and getting up early in the morning is my least favourite part!”
As well as working five days a week at Diamond, Shannon is completing ‘distance learning’ on three different chemistry modules and working on a 12,000 word report on particle size in relation to dyes, a whole new area of study. When she completes her course she is planning a career in research and would like to study for her PhD.
Concludes Peter Callahan: “Shannon is a highly talented young chemist who is making a very valuable contribution to our business. She has fitted in well with the team and clearly enjoys her work. She has a very bright future ahead of her and will always be welcome here at Diamond.”