Philip Bartlett is a world leader in research and development in electrochemistry — chemical reactions that take place at an interface with an electrode. He has developed techniques for depositing tiny amounts of material on the nanoscale and for controlling the nanostructure of deposits. Philip has also developed sophisticated biosensors that can sniff out telltale chemicals such as pollutants, food contamination and illegal drugs.
Philip’s contributions come from his deep insights into underlying kinetic processes — the way in which specific conditions influence reaction rates. This understanding means that Philip and his colleagues can set conditions to direct how materials are deposited on a surface, or to amplify and detect the electrical changes that occur due to specific reactions.