Lecturer in Materials Science

Charlotte Lynch

  • I studied for my undergraduate degree in Materials Science at Trinity, and then stayed on to study for a DPhil, also in Materials Science, which I completed in 2017.

  • My research is in the computational modelling of materials using both quantum and classical mechanics.

  • I am currently carrying out postdoctoral research in the Biochemistry Department, where I am modelling nanopores in cell membranes.

Charlotte Lynch


I give tutorials to the first- and second-year Materials Science undergraduates, and revision classes to the third-year undergraduates. I teach the first-year course on wave mechanics, quantum theory and bonding, and the second-year courses on quantum and statistical mechanics, electronic structure, tensors, and some of the polymers courses. I also teach mathematics to the first-year Materials Science undergraduates at Corpus Christi College.


My research interests lie in the modelling of materials. This means that I use theoretical techniques to explain a material’s properties at an atomic level and to predict their properties ahead of experiment. This research is extremely computationally expensive, requiring the use of high performance computing and thousands of computing hours for a single calculation. My DPhil involved using quantum mechanics to simulate the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) parameters for a variety of materials, in order to aid with the interpretation of experimental NMR spectra, provide insight on the interactions within the material and to guide future experiments.

My postdoctoral research involves using a variety of classical and quantum mechanical methodologies to understand how water molecules interact with the surfaces of nanopores in cell membranes, ultimately to aid with the design of new nanopore structures.

Dr Lynch