Graham Spink

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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.

Qualifications

BA, MSc

Teaching

Graham teaches Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes for second year Chemical and Mechanical Engineering students, as well as the Gravity and Special Relativity topics that form part of the first year Physics course offered within the Natural Sciences department.  He also teaches part of the second year Maths and Modelling course, shared between several Science and Engineering departments, and part of the third year course on Chemical Reactors and Catalysis.

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.  These calculations help scientists and engineers create new electronic devices, new materials with desired properties and new pharmaceutical products.

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).