Samuel Allen (He/Him)

Chemistry and Physics Student, University of St Andrews

About Samuel Allen

I study Physics and Chemistry, and undertook research in synthetic and analytical inorganic chemistry. The aim of my project was to optimise the carbon dioxide adsorption behaviour (by optimising pore structure changes, gating effects and pore sizes) of merlinoite (zeolite) molecular sieves, for use in carbon capture in industry. This included development of reliable synthetic routes for merlinoites and developing an analytical model for their kinetic adsorption behaviour.

The work will hopefully lead to further work, producing practical results which can be implemented to make gas purification in industrial processes, natural gas upgrading and waste processing more environmentally friendly.

My Leadership in Action programme involved working with Grupo PROMESA on the circular economy by working on their "Recilcando x un Techo" recycling scheme in Mexico City, partnered with Make Sense Americas.

My future research interests lie at the interface between physics and chemistry, particularly in solid state chemistry and in developing and using novel analytical techniques. I am interested in materials engineering, particularly within the energy sector, for example in carbon capture, nuclear fusion energy, and renewables. I also have a recent interest in patent law.

Outside of studying and research, I have keen interests in writing fiction, amateur rocketry/aeronautics, cookery and philosophy. I play tennis, football and chess.

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholar


University of St Andrews

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

Chemistry Climate Change Material Science

Area of Expertise

Mathematics Physics Science

I am from:

United Kingdom

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My hobbies/interests are:

Badminton Chess Cooking/Baking Football (soccer) Foreign languages Music Politics & current events Reading Skiing Tennis Travelling Volunteering Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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Channels contributed to:

Leadership STEM Research

Rooms participated in:

University of St Andrews