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About Dr Graham Spink

As an undergraduate, Graham studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, specialising in theoretical physics, before continuing as a graduate student to do research with Prof. Richard Needs in the Theory of Condensed Matter group in the Cavendish Laboratory.

He was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Chester in 2015. Prior to this, he served in the Natural Sciences department at Chester as a Visiting Lecturer, where he continues to teach part of the first-year Physics course. He has also taught in small group settings at the University of Cambridge. Before attending university, he was employed as a researcher at Shell Global Solutions, where he helped to develop computational models of lubricant performance in road cars.

Teaching

Graham teaches fluid mechanics and heat transfer for second-year chemical and mechanical engineering students, extending the work covered in the first-year on these topics.  He also teaches chemical reaction engineering for third-year chemical engineers and chemistry students; this work centres around understanding how to select and design industrial-scale chemical reactors for a range of processes.  In addition, Graham introduces quantum mechanics to the first-year physics students. 

Research

It is now possible to predict and explain a wide range of processes on the atomic level, using as input nothing more than the atomic numbers of the constituent elements.  Material properties like electrical conductivity, tensile strength or boiling point can be calculated with increasing accuracy and efficiency, while chemical reactions and even biological processes like photosynthesis are being studied from first principles.  Graham's research involves developing and applying novel computational approaches to these quantum mechanics problems.  Computational modelling of this sort helps scientists and engineers develop improved chemical processes and new products, ranging from powerful medicines to environmentally-friendly materials.

Published Work

G. G. Spink, P. López Ríos, N. D. Drummond, R. J. Needs, Trion formation in a hole-doped homogeneous electron gas, Phys. Rev. B 94, 041410(R) (2016).
This paper was chosen by the journal as an Editors' Suggestion, a scheme to highlight articles of "particular interest, importance or clarity."

G. G. Spink, R. J. Needs, N. D. Drummond, Quantum Monte Carlo study of the three-dimensional spin-polarized homogeneous electron gas, Phys. Rev. B 88, 085121 (2013).

N. D. Drummond, P. López Ríos, A. Ma, J. R. Trail, G. G. Spink, M. D. Towler and R. J. Needs, Quantum Monte Carlo study of the Ne atom and the Ne+ ion, J. Chem. Phys. 124, 224104 (2006).

Qualifications

PhD MA MSci PGCert FHEA