Associate Professor
Chemistry
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I am one of the full time education staff in the Department, developing and enriching curriculum activities.   Formally I am a physical chemist with expertise in optical spectroscopy (visible wavelengths) - an interest which has stemmed from a lifelong fascination with colour!

From my PhD in “Biophysical chemistry”, I worked as an EPSRC science communication specialist while undertaking postdoctoral research in biophotonics (using lasers in life science). Following this I made the step from a researcher into a full- before educationalist in Chemistry at Imperial College during which time I was recognised through awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Pastoral Care.  

I have now moved to Swansea as we take an exciting step to develop a new Department of Chemistry, integrating the best of modern and traditional educational methods to deliver a curriculum for the 21st century.

Teaching

  • CH-006 Fundamental Mathematics for Chemists

    This module will introduce students to the concept of what a number is, they will become fluent with basic algebra, they will become confident with solving trigonometry and geometric problems and they will be able to recognise and use different functions of x. This module will form the bridge to help students to transition from GCSE to A-level maths, building a strong foundation for the Maths that students will be introduced to in Level 4 Chemistry.

  • CH-011 The Physics of Chemistry

    This module will introduce students to concepts of physics that are important in learning chemistry including work and energy, simple harmonics and waves, electricity and magnetism, and optics.

  • CH-122 Chemical Thinking

    This module will meet the challenge of transition to Higher Education from Further Education. Students will be guided in the essential skills to successfully engage with Chemistry in Higher Education, building competence through guided study in Chemistry in group work, basic laboratory safety and practical skills, record keeping and writing of technical reports, peer tuition, note taking, using and giving feedback, mathematics, data analysis, information handling, and coding. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, a practical-based assessment, and a reflective account

  • CH-124 Structure and Bonding 2

    Building on Structure and Bonding 1 (CH-123), this will extend the theoretical underpinning for atomic and molecular structure and will address more advanced examples from organic and inorganic chemistry as well as macroscopic systems. The content of this module will require knowledge developed in prior modules as well as independent reading outside scheduled sessions. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-126 Chemical Reactions 2

    This module will continue the discussion of the fundamentals of the physical aspects of chemical reactions, both thermodynamic and kinetic. These and other previously-understood concepts will then be applied to the study of substitution and elimination and an introduction to redox reactions, both organic and inorganic. This module will build on existing understanding and will employ mathematics taught in other modules (CH-122) to conceptualise some of the material taught in this module. The module will have a variety of formative assessment opportunities and summative assessments that include writing of technical reports, a presentation, homework, workshops, and an exam.

  • CH-237 Further Physical Chemistry

    This module will advance students┬┐ studies in Physical Chemistry, exploring the further interpretation of chemical thermodynamics and applying this to surfaces and electrochemical processes. The module will build on existing understanding, further developing mathematical skills to explore the material covered in this module. In the laboratory students will undertake more advanced investigative experiments to explore the physical concepts. The module will be assessed by coursework (laboratory experiments, presentations and assessed workshops) and by examination. Material, techniques and skills covered in the course of this module will build on and therefore require understanding of all prior modules.

  • CH-342 Advanced Topics in Physical, Instrumental and Analytical Chemistry

    This module completes the core aspects of Physical Chemistry for the undergraduate programme, applying existing understanding of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics to connect the quantum world with the observable world in Statistical Mechanics, relating quantum understanding to the application of light in chemical reactions, and connecting chemistry to the world of materials and nanoscience through the exploration of chemical properties of solids. Laboratory experiments will be fully investigative, with students carrying out advanced `mini projects┬┐ to initiate and guide students in elementary research skills in preparation for their research projects. Material, techniques and skills covered in the course of this module will require understanding of prior modules.

  • CH-349 Integrated Topics in Chemistry

    This module gives students the opportunity to explore options within Chemistry, giving opportunity to apply prior learning to advanced research topics and allowing students to pursue more specialised topics related to their research interests and aligned with the research areas represented within the Department. Study areas available will include advanced spectroscopic techniques, the application of instrumentation in chemistry, as well as more advanced synthetic pathways and a return to more integrated study of the traditional branches of organic/inorganic/physical chemistry. Classes will be supported with workshops which will help students gain a thorough understanding of the integrated nature of Chemistry at an advanced level. Where possible, topics will be taught using relevant examples from primary literature, encouraging students to evaluate and appraise a range of primary literature sources and locate appropriate new sources. The module is designed to be flexible to allow the content to vary with the research areas represented within the Department.