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Tom Whale

About Me

Tom Whale is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick. His work focuses on understanding heterogeneous nucleation of ice through laboratory experiments and on application of knowledge of heterogeneous ice nucleation to questions in atmospheric science and cryobiology. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary science and collaborate closely with computational chemists, biologists of various types, geologists and atmospheric scientists


Tom was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1989 moving to Wales in the late 1990s. He completed an MChem in Chemistry at the University of Durham from 2007-2011. During his degree Tom completed a Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary project on high pressure ice and a fourth year research project on carbon nanomaterials, both supervised by Dr Christoph Salzmann. Tom moved to the group of Dr Ben Murray at the University of Leeds for his PhD, graduating in 2016 with a thesis entitled ‘Ice nucleation by feldspars and carbon nanomaterials’. He then undertook postdoctoral research in the Murray group looking at controlling ice nucleation in cryobiological systems. In 2018 Tom moved to the group of Professor Fiona Meldrum at Leeds to work on heterogeneous nucleation of inorganic crystals. Tom is now a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick working on his ‘Untangling chemical and topographical impacts on heterogeneous ice nucleation’ project.