Dr Charles Renney

Trainee Patent Attorney

Charles graduated in 2010 from the University of Bristol with a first class MSci Honours degree in Chemistry with industrial experience. After this, he stayed on at the University of Bristol carrying out a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, focusing on the design and synthesis of novel glucose sensors to be used in the treatment of diabetes.

Charles' undergraduate and PhD studies have allowed him to develop a broad understanding of chemistry and relating disciplines, with a particular focus on organic, supramolecular and pharmaceutical chemistry. 

During his undergraduate studies, Charles undertook a yearlong placement at GlaxoSmithKline, through which he gained an excellent understanding of medicinal chemistry. This was further complimented by a second industrial placement at Novartis during his PhD programme; a placement that resulted as a consequence of him being awarded sponsorship by Novartis to conduct his PhD research.

In the second year of his PhD studies, Charles was awarded a scholarship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct research at Osaka University in Japan for 3 months. This research was focused on new carbohydrate sensors. He has also been fortunate enough to be awarded bursaries to attend European Chemistry training schools including the Dynamic Nano- and Glyco-Sciences training school and the European-Winter School on Physical Organic Chemistry.

Throughout the course of his PhD studies, Charles has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences, winning a prize for his presentation at the Bristol Organic and Biological Sciences Symposium. Charles has also presented his research to the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science and on the BBC radio show ‘The Naked Scientist’.