Luis Perez Calderon

Favourite Thing: What I most like about science is that you are always aiming to do something that has not been done before, so everything is a discovery.



International School of Provence (2007-2009), University of Cadiz (2009-2013), Imperial College London (2013-2014), University of Aberdeen (2014-2018)


BSc Marine Sciences, MSc Ecological Applications and currently doing PhD in Environmental Chemistry

Work History:

S’PACE Environnement and Urbaser

Current Job:

PhD student


University of Aberdeen

About Me

Environmental chemist from Spain living in Scotland

I love to travel and have been to 26 countries in 5 continents. I would love to go to Antarctica to say that I’ve been to every continent. Because of this, I now speak Spanish, English and French. I tried Japanese for a year, but it was so hard! I really enjoy playing sports and love the gym. Before going into environmental chemistry I did a masters degree in ecology in London.

My Work

Environmental chemistry, oil spills

My work focuses on the interaction between spilt oil and marine sediments (like the seabed and the beach). I also look at how dispersant (a type of soap for dealing with oil spills) affects this interaction. To achieve this, I collect samples from various locations at sea and in beaches. I then mix them with seawater and oil in different ways, trying to mimic how this interaction would happen in the real environment.

My Typical Day

I would be in the lab in the morning running experiments and in the office in the afternoon to interpret them.

Everyday is different for me. It really depends on the type of experiment I’m doing. Sometimes I spend all day in the lab. Others I’m sitting in the computer writing or analysing the results of my experiments. Occasionally I go on a ship to collect sand from the bottom of the sea. So, it’s usually quite varied.

What I'd do with the money

Donate it to a school in a developing country.

I think that boosting education in developing countries is very important, I believe education is power. So what better way to spend the prize money than to support the teaching of science in a developing country!

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Nerdy Food-lover

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Iron Maiden

What's your favourite food?

Spanish ham

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Play drums in a band

What did you want to be after you left school?

I did a master’s degree and now doing a PhD

Were you ever in trouble at school?

Sometimes! :^)

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Make contributions to knowledge

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Nobody actually, it just kind of happened

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?


If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Live in my home town, buy my father a house and never need money again.

Tell us a joke.

What’s the pig’s favourite video-game console? The Wiiiiiii!

Other stuff

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