Jacob is a materials scientist and nanotechnologist working on climate-stabilising technologies.
Jacob has run the gamut in renewable/climate research, including biomass-to-power, algae biofuels, solar photovoltaics, carbon capture, soot pollution reduction and carbon materials for hydrogen storage, water filtration and batteries.
Jacob has a passion for communicating science and has been involved in public lectures for the 2019 Pint of Science festival, CREATE Climate Change Conference in Singapore, nanoart exhibitions, New Zealand-wide activities for the UNESCO Year of Light and frequently lights his hand on fire at schools.
Jacob is a trained chemist, physicist and chemical engineer and completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2019.
In 2020 he was a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology in Singapore, working with industry to decarbonise.
In 2021 he took up a Forrest Fellowship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtin University in Perth, Australia working on advanced carbon materials for decarbonisation.