Dr Amanda Hardy gained her BSc and PhD from University College London. Her PhD was in Raman analysis of thin films produced by chemical vapour deposition and today, similar coatings are used to make self-cleaning windows.
She has been a member of several Royal Society of Chemistry committees based in Kent and London, most lately coming back to Chilterns and Middlesex local section after a few years as a teacher in Kent. She has been committee chair of Chilterns and Middlesex local section for six years.
Through the RSC, she has met some fantastic chemists, many of whom have become friends, and has very much enjoyed volunteering with the RSC in many committee roles, including events planning and committee treasurer. It is important to Dr Hardy that committee opportunities are made open to all who want to join, with new committee members being welcomed into the team, as she once was as a youngster. Her committee’s events and activities are created to include something for everyone through the year, with events for families and for chemists in universities, other settings, in studies or retirement.