Tom Swift

Associate, Patent Scientist
Bath, EIP Europe LLP

Thomas is a Patent Scientist with a background in Physics and Physical Chemistry. He joined EIP after he completed a PhD in Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Bristol. Thomas's Ph.D. project focused on photosynthesis; the design and synthesis of biomolecule-functionalised carbon dots and the study of the physical and electronic structure of carbon dots.

After his Ph.D., Thomas has worked at University of Bristol as a Research Fellow, where his research focused on ultrafast spectroscopy of nanomaterials as well as biological applications of nanomaterials in collaboration with industrial partners. Thomas’s work has been published in various academic journals and he has presented at national and international conferences.

Published articles

  • August 2020
    New Phytologist Trust, Photosynthesis and crop productivity are enhanced by glucose‐functionalized carbon dots (link)
  • November 2019
    Bio Rxiv, A simple method for spray-on gene editing in planta (link)
  • December 2018
    The Royal Society, Functional nanomaterials to augment photosynthesis: evidence and considerations for their responsible use in agricultural applications (link)
  • July 2018
    Nanoscale, Surface functionalisation significantly changes the physical and electronic properties of carbon nano-dots (link)


  • Physics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photosynthesis
  • Medical Imaging

Education and qualifications


  • 2014 — 2018
    Ph.D., Functional Nanomaterials, University of Bristol
  • 2011 — 2014
    BSc., Physics, University of Bristol

Career history

  • 2020 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2019 — 2020
    Academic Co-founder, Glaia
  • 2019 — 2020
    EPSRC Doctorial Prize Fellow, University of Bristol
  • 2018 — 2019
    Postdoctorial Research Associate, University of Bristol

Languages spoken

  • English