Claire studied at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. After completing her PhD with Peter Harland she moved to Oxford as a Glasstone Fellow in Chemistry and a Junior Research Fellow at St Catherine’s College. She moved to Hertford in 2002, at the same time as starting a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in the Department of Chemistry. In 2005 she was appointed to a University Lectureship in Physical Chemistry in association with Hertford College, and in 2014 she was awarded the title of Professor of Physical Chemistry.
Claire is responsible for all of the physical chemistry tutorial teaching in Hertford, covering topics including thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, spectroscopy, photochemistry, surface chemistry, and much more. Within the Department of Chemistry, Claire gives lecture courses on a range of topics, including chemical kinetics, reaction dynamics, and astrochemistry
Claire has an active research group within the Department of Chemistry, and supervises a number of postdoctoral fellows, D.Phil. students and fourth year (“Part II”) students on the MChem course.
Claire’s research group focuses on two areas, which span both fundamental and applied aspects of experimental physical chemistry. The first employs state-of-the-art ultrafast imaging methods to study light-induced and electron-induced reactions, which are important in fields such as atmospheric chemistry, astrochemistry, and photobiology. The second applies mass spectrometry and spectral imaging, coupled with machine learning, to a number of problems in clinical medicine. Further details of Claire’s research can be found at http://vallance.chem.ox.ac.uk.
Claire has written textbooks on Astrochemistry, Reaction Dynamics, Symmetry and Group Theory, Chemical Kinetics, and Properties of Gases, and has published over 140 research articles, a full list of which can be found at http://vallance.chem.ox.ac.uk.