David Loong currently resides in London. He has an undergraduate degree in chemical technology from Massey University, New Zealand and a PhD in organic chemistry from the Australian National University, Australia. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College London working on new ways of making molecules with unusual optical properties. He entered Famelab by talking about how jelly gels and explaining the great mystery of how fake-tan cream works. In his spare time, David likes to cook. He thinks it's rather like chemistry except eating it won't kill you - or so he hopes.
"I had a fun experience at FameLab, despite feeling so very ill-prepared. The judges gave very encouraging and worthwhile criticism after my first presentation to help me structure my second one - they really want to hear about the hard science and how good we are at communicating complicated ideas without resorting to incomprehensible jargon. It was a real high to speak for 3 minutes, desperately hiding my nervousness. Even if you think you're not prepared, just turn up and give it a go - you never know if your enthusiasm might shine through despite everything."