A member of the first (2014) cohort of TMCS students, Tim joined TMCS – as an overseas Clarendon Scholar attached to Corpus Christi College – after completing an undergraduate degree in Physics in the US. “The first year was absolutely critical in getting me to the point where I could start my PhD research”, he says of the year-1 MSc programme which underpins TMCS training.
Tim’s DPhil – taken under the supervision of Jonathan Yates and Pete Nellist of Oxford Materials – aims to enhance the capabilities of electron microscopes, which use electron beams to scan samples and are used in the development of advanced materials, for instance. “My goal is to develop software tools that produce more detailed images by predicting how the electrons will distribute themselves in samples and revealing atomic bonding. My supervisors work closely with companies who need tools like these, and microscope manufacturers themselves could incorporate them into the software used with their products.”
Tim is in no doubt about the CDT’s strengths. “It’s not easy to bring theoretical and computational chemistry together and deliver an education embracing both,” he says. “The CDT’s ability to do this, which is rooted in the cross-institutional collaboration between the three universities, underpins the unique experience it delivers”.
Well known as the life and soul of any TMCS activity (parties included…), Tim was a member of the award-winning team which developed the TMCS ChemGolf game– a computer game conceived and developed from scratch by cohort-1 students as part of TMCS public engagement training, and designed to demonstrate the concept of potential energy landscapes to the general public.