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Winner of the IUPAC Prize
for Young Chemists - 2008


Christopher Thomas Rodgers wins one of the five IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists, for his Ph.D. thesis work entitled "Magnetic Field Effects in Chemical Systems."

Current address (at the time of application)

Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Lab, South Parks Road,
Oxford, OX1 3QZ, United Kingdom
E-mail: rodgers@physchem.ox.ac.uk

Academic degrees

  • DPhil (PhD): University of Oxford (UK), Jun 2007 (viva), Nov (graduated), in Chemistry
  • MChem: University of Oxford (UK), Jun 2003, in Chemistry

Ph.D. Thesis

Title Magnetic Field Effects in Chemical Systems

Adviser Professor PJ Hore

Thesis Committee Professor Ulrich Steiner, Universität Konstanz, Chemistry Dept; Dr Nicholas Green, University of Oxford, Chemistry Dept


Magnetic fields can alter the rate, yield or product distribution of chemical reactions. This thesis is concerned with the — relatively uninvestigated — effects of weak magnetic fields ~1 mT found in nature. This thesis is motivated by a desire to lay firm physico chemical foundations for discussion of the biological effects of magnetic fields. It presents new theoretical tools and applies them to interpret experimental measurements.....[full text; pdf file - 1.01MB]

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