Matt Gunther

Currently witnessing a grown man hover above water in a self-made jetski iron man suit.....Unbelievable!

Favourite Thing: Chatting to the public about nuclear energy is most definitely one of my favourite things to do in science. Attempting to educate others as to how it can be beneficial – be it in nuclear medicine, medical imaging or nuclear power stations – is very rewarding! I also enjoy playing around with fancy equipment in my research and love recording our nuclear podcast show, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Nuclear.” Take a look at the podcast website if you like:



University of Manchester (2006 -Present), St. Richard Gwyn High School (1999 – 2006)


Physics (MPhys Hons), A Levels, GCSEs

Work History:

Shell Research Centre (Work experience 2006), University demonstrator (Present), Swimming Teacher (2004 -2010)

Current Job:

PhD student


University of Manchester

Me and my work

I am currently looking at how our nuclear waste can be damaged by interacting with the atmosphere, so the nuclear industry can take steps to prevent it.

My Typical Day

Go into University (with customary coffee and croissant), conduct research experiments, update our nuclear podcast website – go home, play dodgeball, often go to the cinema and finally retreat to the land of nod.

What I'd do with the money

I would donate half to public engagement efforts in our nuclear group and use the rest to help our nuclear podcast grow by trying to record shows live at science events.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Loud, outgoing and nutty

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Foo Fighters or Rolling Stones

What is the most fun thing you've done?

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

Own a chocolate factory, an Iron Man suit and live on the beach where Andy Dufresne ends up in “The Shawshank Redemption.”

What did you want to be after you left school?

A physicist – of some sort or another.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Once for re-enacting the Battle of Helm’s Deep in a textiles class

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

Had the opportunity to view the far reaches of space on a project during my undergrad degree. The vastness of the Universe really does blow my mind!

Tell us a joke.

Two atoms were walking across a road when one of them said, “I think I lost an electron!” “Really!” the other replied, “Are you sure?” “Yes, I ‘m absolutely positive.”

Other stuff

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