29 May 2014 | Back to Newsroom
Unilever Dr Paul Pudney will use the GenRH-T system with the Mcell in conjugation with confocal Raman spectroscopy system (WiTec) to understand molecular changes caused by humidity and other perturbations.Paul obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of East Anglia ‘Spectroscopic studies of adsorbates on metal single crystal surfaces’ under supervision of Prof Michael Chesters . After post doctoral studies at the Leverhulme Centre for Innovative Catalysis and the Interdisciplinary Research centre in Surface Science at Liverpool University he worked at the synchrotron at Daresbury before joining Unilever in 1994.
Paul is now a science leader in vibrational spectroscopy at unilever discover’s, strategic science group. He has applied spectroscopy in a number of innovative ways to gain further understanding of both consumer products and their behaviour when they interact with our consumers. Examples include quantifying the complex microstructures of soft solid materials by confocal Raman spectroscopy such as foods and behaviour of molecules in ice using IR. He helped develop a novel in-situ Triboligical Raman instrument to help understand lubrication in a Soft Elasto-Hydrodynamic Contact. He has developed in-vivo Raman spectroscopic capability to measure and understand the delivery of actives to and their effect on the body, such as to the skin, scalp, axilla and oral mucosa as well as hair.
He has over 50 peer reviewed publications. and was nominated as one of the ‘Prominent Young Vibrational Spectroscopists’ in the special edition of Vibrational Spectroscopy journal in 2004. He won the Meggers award in 2013, as well as being runner up in 2012.