Claire Mitchell | Dstl


I am a senior synthetic chemist at the Defence Science & Technology Laboratories (Dstl).

Following a year’s industrial placement at GlaxoSmithKline as a synthetic organic chemist, and graduation from the University of Edinburgh with a MChem, I joined Dstl in 2019. I am a practical chemist, delivering on and leading a range of projects in the hazard assessment domain, investigating a range of chemical threat agents, as well as supporting the UK’s Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) designated laboratory.

I am committed to developing others in their skills, expertise and careers. I act as one of the synthesis mentors in our team, and am the technical lead on a number of projects, working with other chemists and scientists to deliver research. I lead the delivery of external training as a subject matter expert for the MOD, and also support training for operational roles within Dstl.

I am an enthusiastic and dedicated individual with a genuine passion for my subject and my desire on joining Dstl was to utilise my degree within the science and technology industry. I joined Dstl seeking to make a worthwhile contribution to its operations, to support the development of technology that will be used by the MOD for defensive purposes and our understanding of the hazards posed by emerging threats. And this desire has continued to grow – as I continue to see and experience more of the science and technology industry, I am ever more eager to continue to contribute to its efforts to understand and advance the world we live in.