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Michael Pascoe

Dr Michael Pascoe

Research Associate

School of Chemistry

+44 29208 70938
Redwood Building, Room 1.50, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Media commentator


I'm a research associate working between Cardiff Catalysis Institute (CCI) and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. My research spans the fields of infection prevention, public health and materials science, particularly for developing new solutions for personal hygiene and disinfection.

I have a keen interest in the humanitarian applications of my research, as well as improving environmental sustainability within the healthcare sector. I am a handling editor of Letters in Applied Microbiology and recently joined the steering committee of the Bevan Commission's Let's Not Waste programme.

Outside of my day-to-day research, I also participate in science outreach and communication. I completed a British Science Association Media Fellowship in 2019 and take part in Science in Schools, an outreach programme implimented by the British Council and French Ministry of Education. I also volunteer with The Loop and assist with the delivery of their harm reduction service, which supports people who use drugs to make more informed health choices.










Originally from Cornwall, I completed my undergraduate and masters degrees in Biomedical Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I later joined the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as a PhD student, where I completed an industry-sponsored project which aimed to develop a light-activated disinfection system. 

As a postdoctoral researcher, I have been involved in an variety of collaborative projects related to improving sustainability within the hygiene sector, such as developing catalyst-activated disinfectants and plastic-free disinfectant wipe materials. My current role at Cardiff Catalysis Institute entails developing self-disinfecting materials to improve menstrual health in rural communities.

Away from the lab bench, I have participated in the British Council's Science in Schools programme in French Guiana (2017) and Normandy (2021). In 2019, I undertook a British Science Association Media Fellowship and, in 2022, completed market validation training as part of the UKRI/Innovate UK Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) programme. I am a handling editor of Letters in Applied Microbiology and, outside of my academic role, I also volunteer as a senior chemist with The Loop.


  • Infection Control
  • Synthesis, Characterisation and Application of Supported Metal Catalysts
  • Functional materials
  • Market Validation
  • Intervention Development