Neil Rees qualified with a BA(Hons) in Chemistry from Oxford University in 1995. After a short career in finance as a chartered accountant and chartered tax consultant, he returned to Oxford in 2001 and obtained his DPhil in Electrochemistry in 2004.
Postdoctoral research at Cardiff University into in-situ electrochemical SERS (Prof. G.A. Attard) and Oxford (Prof. R.G. Compton) followed until his appointment at Birmingham in Summer 2012.