Peter Styring

is writing a research paper on skiing

Favourite Thing: Make things that are useful. In sport to make people faster and improve performance. In energy, to capture carbon dioxide and convert it into something useful.



De La Salle Grammar Class of ’80


The University of Sheffield, BSc and PhD in Chemistry, 1982-88

Work History:

University of Zaragoza (Spain), State University of New York (USA), University of Hull, University of Sheffield


The University of Sheffield

Current Job:

Professor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry

Me and my work

Professor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry, including Snowsports Engineering

I started out as a chemist but moved to chemical engineering to work on more applied subjects.  I used to be a slalom ski racer but also got in to Moguls Freestyle Skiing.  I combined the two and now work in Snowsports Engineering as well as carbon dioxide reduction technologies.  Some of the test labs I use are in the Austrian Alps!  In my spare time I also Coach the England Moguls Ski Team with some other coaches.  Last year we did some work with some local schools to develop a virtual reality (VR) 3-D Snowboard Simulator.  I’ll try to get some videos of that uploaded.

My Typical Day

Lots of meetings and sitting at my computer but occasionally I get to go out tho the Alps!

What I'd do with the money

Make a film showing how we develop new skis using engineering and science

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Competitive, Understanding, Tired

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Linkin Park or Death Cab for Cutie

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Presented on TV

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

More time, More money, More sleep!

What did you want to be after you left school?


Were you ever in trouble at school?


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

discovered an environmentally friendly chemical reaction

Tell us a joke.

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club!