Typically, the coatings have to combine demanding technical performance (e.g. protect against seawater in all weathers) with fabulous appearance (e.g. mirror-like gloss surface for a super yacht). This leads to a range of analytical challenges, working with products from first concept through formulation development to in service.
Before moving into analysis, Jacquin worked in research and development of materials and coatings, starting in ICI and ending up in Huntsman. This included work in Japan and Belgium, as well as the UK. (And has left a continuing interest in all things Japanese (except karaoke), together with a small collection of Belgian beer glasses.)
Jacquin has previously been a member of the Industry and Technology Division Council, serving as President from 2011 to 2014. She describes this experience as alternately intimidating, empowering and rewarding, but above all enjoyable. She is currently Chair of the North East Region Analytical Division, and also a member of the Management Interest Group Committee.
Her favourite quote is “There is no synthesis without analysis”.