Tom Fay

College Lecturer in Chemistry

Tom Fay is a college Lecturer in Chemistry at St Edmund Hall.

Here at Teddy Hall I am a lecturer in Chemistry, teaching the Physical Chemistry part of the undergraduate course. Physical Chemistry covers the rich and varied physics that underpins Chemistry – we use everything from Quantum Mechanics to understand the the nature of chemical bonds to Thermodynamics to predict the how far chemical reactions will go.

I originally did my undergraduate degree here at the University of Oxford (Worcester College), in Chemistry, Oxford, and then went on to do a DPhil in Theoretical Chemistry (on the Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences Centre for Doctoral Training) at Corpus Christi College, which I am just completing. I have also taught the undergraduate Physical Chemistry course previously at Worcester College, Lady Margaret Hall and Hertford College (where I also still work).

In my own research as a DPhil student in Theoretical Chemistry I study reactions between pairs of radicals, high energy molecules with unpaired electrons. Exotic quantum mechanical effects on radical pair reactions might form the basis of the magnetic compass sense of birds like the European Robin, which has created a lot of excitement around them as an example of Quantum Biology. Some of my publications are listed below, or you can read more about my research on my blog www.quantomchemist.wordpress.com.

 

I have also taught the undergraduate Physical Chemistry course previously at Worcester College, Lady Margaret Hall and Hertford College (where I also still work).

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