Dr. Adrian Weber


My teaching interests cover the physical foundations of chemistry. The first of these pillars is quantum mechanics and one of its most important applications for collecting information about the physical world via the interaction of light, electric and magnetic fields with matter otherwise known as spectroscopy. Probably the most familiar example of this is the MRI scan which provides physicians with a picture of inside the patient while leaving them completely unharmed. Also essential to the understanding of chemistry is thermodynamics which is linked to quantum mechanics via statistical mechanics and tells us whether something will happen or not. However knowing whether something will happen or not is not always sufficient as the process could take a nanosecond or a billion years so to this end a chemist must also understand kinetics. All of these subjects are taught in the courses listed below.