It's a huge privilege to be able to inspire the next generation of scientists. I enjoy challenging the students and helping guide them to understand complex concepts and solve problems. Tackling these topics enables them to build confidence and resilience through their hard work.
I teach through a mixture of:
It requires lots of hard work ... by both the students & me!
Theoretical chemistry is a challenging subject that requires you to be able to analyse problems, identify the key questions and apply a wide range of techniques to produce solutions. It's a mixture of core chemical principles and lots of mathematics to develop models that can be applied to lots of real world applications. Thus, it is possible to study:
Computational calculations enable you to analyse a large number of systems, provide an understanding of processes at an electronic level & guidance to experimentalists as to where they should focus their efforts.
The complexity and variety of the subject make it compelling - never boring.
The modules I teach include:
My research extends from the development of computational optimisation algorithms and inter-atomic potentials to probing real-life applications using a range of computational levels of theory and techniques.
Areas of interest include:
P. Monk, LJ. Munro (2010). Maths for Chemistry. OUP Oxford.
CM. Liauw, RL. Taylor, LJ. Munro, AN. Wilkinson, O. Cheerarot (2014). Effect of triclosan on self-assembly of alkyl ammonium surfactants adsorbed within montmorillonite galleries in silicone elastomer composites. Macromolecular Symposia. 338(1), pp.45-53.
GD. Bingley, J. Verran, LJ. Munro, CE. Banks (2012). Identification of microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs) emitted from fungal isolates found on cinematographic film. Analytical Methods. 4(5), pp.1265-1271.
DAC. Brownson, LJ. Munro, DK. Kampouris, CE. Banks (2011). Electrochemistry of graphene: Not such a beneficial electrode material?. RSC Advances. 1(6), pp.978-988.