Alex Thom is a University Lecturer in the University of Cambridge, and a Director of Studies in Physical Natural Sciences at Magdalene College. His research interests are in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, specializing in method and software development.
Current projects involve the calculation of accurate electronic energies using Monte Carlo techniques, the description of excited states of medium-large molecules using new methodology, and investigation of the electronic structure of molecules using localized orbital techniques.
If you are interested in pursuing a PhD in my group, please contact me by email. Deadlines for departmental PhD studentships are likely to be mid-November. Some past example projects can be found here
Novel H 2 activation by a tris[3,5-bis(trifluoromethyl)phenyl] borane frustrated Lewis pair
TJ Herrington, AJW Thom, AJP White, AE Ashley – Dalton Transactions (2012
Breaking the carbon dimer: The challenges of multiple bond dissociation with full configuration interaction quantum Monte Carlo methods
GH Booth, D Cleland, AJW Thom, A Alavi – The Journal of Chemical Physics (2011
LOBA: A localized orbital bonding analysis to calculate oxidation states, with application to a model water oxidation catalyst
AJW Thom, EJ Sundstrom, M Head-Gordon – Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2009
Hartree-Fock solutions as a quasidiabatic basis for nonorthogonal configuration interaction.
AJW Thom, M Head-Gordon – The Journal of Chemical Physics (2009
Fermion Monte Carlo without fixed nodes: A game of life, death, and annihilation in Slater determinant space
GH Booth, AJW Thom, A Alavi – The Journal of Chemical Physics (2009
Locating multiple self-consistent field solutions: an approach inspired by metadynamics.
AJW Thom, M Head-Gordon – Physical Review Letters (2008
PHYS 137-Water oxidation by a di-manganese catalyst: The effects of spin and electronic structure
AJW Thom, M Head-Gordon – ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (2008) 236
Electron correlation from path resummations: the double-excitation star.
AJW Thom, GH Booth, A Alavi – Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2008
Stochastic perturbation theory: a low-scaling approach to correlated electronic energies.
AJW Thom, A Alavi – Physical Review Letters (2007