Surprised Baby StephenDr. Gazard

Oh, yes, that's right, I got a PhD in 2009 so it's "Dr. Gazard" to those who want to call me that.  Otherwise, it's just Stephen.

To the right is my oh-so cute personal picture, and one that I find quite amusing. It seems that what happened was my dad was taking a photo. I was rather surprised at the time (hence the shock), but I was only 1-2 years old, and a flash photo is a little much for a cute baby like me to take ;-). 

Well, as most of you know, I'm a Christian, and that means I take time to spend reading the bible, praying for others, and helping people out. 

When not spending time with God, I do a myriad of things:  I'm working freelance as a web designer (any offers of jobs appreciated), I roller blade, and cycle (lots).  I'm not quite a world renowned chef but apparently my bolognese is well worth it.  When I'm not working, or being active, I'll spend some time with friends.  I also like to take time to relax and visit my family at our home in Geneva. 

My research - PhD
Essentially my research is to design and study materials that have very tiny holes (pores) throughout them which can be used and tested to absorb hydrogen. 
Why Hydrogen?
Hydrogen, when burned, produces water (H2O) as it's only by-product. So, it's environmentally friendly. "Burning" essentially is a transfer of electrons, and since electricity is the movement of electrons, an "engine" called a fuel cell can be used to generate electricity from the burning of Hydrogen
What kind of materials?
The materials should be like a dry sponge is to water; the water is absorbed inside the sponge. Realistically the challenge lies in creating a material which can withstand being emptied (like drying a sponge) and absoring hydrogen in a sufficient amount to be useful in cars, buses, etc. These uses are demanding on how fast hydrogen can get in an out of the system, akin to getting power out of a battery 

Chemical Composition Calculator

As part of my PhD, I realised that I needed to have a better tool to analyse my results.  I've created the Chemical Composition Calculator and I hope it's of benefit to the wider community.  It's fast because it runs on your computer and nothing is sent from your computer.  It does not need an internet connection, so you can use it anywhere that has a browser (IE6+, Mozilla, Safari, Google chrome, etc.).  It allows you to do the following:

  • calculate elemental composition for elemental analysis
  • work up the elemental analysis results to work out the proportion of C,H,N in your sample, and also find the composition of your sample
  • calculate the monoisotopic mass of a compound
  • predict the molecular ion isotope pattern from the formula entered (note, not the fragmentation pattern)
  • calculate reaction equivalents, both liquid and solid
I've used this extensively in my research as it helps with poring over results.  Please take a look and let me know if you find it useful.  Remember, it's:
  • fast
  • free
  • and requires only a web browser on your computer; no internet connection needed