I studied for my undergraduate degree in Materials Science at Trinity College, 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 quantum mechanics. I am currently carrying out postdoctoral research in the Biochemistry Department, where I am modelling nanopores in cell membranes.
I am teaching courses on mechanical properties, as well as polymers and ceramics. I have also taught courses including quantum and statistical mechanics, electronic structure, tensors and engineering alloys. I also teach first-year mathematics to the 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.