Here at Hertford 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.
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
“How quantum is radical pair magnetoreception?”, Thomas P. Fay, Lachlan P. Lindoy, David E. Manolopoulos, Peter J. Hore, Faraday Discussions (2019)
“Spin-selective electron transfer reactions of radical pairs: Beyond the Haberkorn master equation”, Thomas P. Fay, Lachlan P. Lindoy and David E. Manolopoulos, The Journal of Chemical Physics, 149, 064107 (2018)
“On the low magnetic field effect in radical pair reactions”, Alan M. Lewis, Thomas P. Fay, David E. Manolopoulos*, Christian Kerpal, Sabine Richert and Christiane R. Timmel, The Journal of Chemical Physics 149, 034103 (2018)
“An efficient quantum mechanical method for radical pair recombination reactions”, Alan M. Lewis, Thomas P. Fay and David E. Manolopoulos*, The Journal of Chemical Physics 145, 244101 (2016)