Martin Galpin

Martin Galpin

Supernumerary Fellow and College Lecturer in Mathematics for Chemistry; Deputy Director of Studies in Chemistry

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I have a longstanding interest in teaching maths to scientists. At Univ I teach the first- and second-year Mathematics for Chemistry courses, and I teach maths and statistics to the first-year biochemists. I have a particular interest in developing modern teaching methods to complement more traditional approaches in lectures and tutorials, often through the use of computer software and visualisations to help students explore the subject in new ways.

In the University’s Department of Chemistry, I am the Deputy Director of Studies. I chair the Graduate Studies Committee and have responsibility for the Chemistry Department’s central programme of graduate training, and I support the Director of Studies in the running and development of the undergraduate Chemistry course and the undergraduate admissions exercise.  My Departmental teaching roles include lecturing parts of the Mathematics for Chemistry course and the MSc in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry.


My longstanding research interests have been in the general area of condensed matter theory, the aim of which is to understand the physical properties of solids, liquids and related phases of matter. Of particular interest to me are so-called ‘correlated electron systems’. The electrons within these materials interact so strongly with each other that they move collectively rather than independently, resulting in the emergence of interesting and complex physical properties. My current research is focused on electron correlations in magnetic materials, and involves both analytical (‘pen-and-paper’) and computer-based calculations using Quantum Monte Carlo techniques.

More recently, I have collaborated with other members of the Chemistry Department on a range of problems, including on aspects of biophysical chemistry, the kinetics of complex organic and inorganic chemical reactions, and the statistical modelling of breath acetone measurements for the detection of type 1 diabetes.

Selected Publications

Laurence R. Doyle,* Martin R. Galpin, Samantha K. Furfari, Bengt E. Tegner, Antonio J. Martínez-Martínez, Adrian C. Whitwood, Scott A. Hicks, Guy C. Lloyd-Jones, Stuart A. Macgregor,* and Andrew S. Weller. Inverse Isotope Effects in Single-Crystal to Single-Crystal Reactivity and the Isolation of a Rhodium Cyclooctane σ-Alkane Complex. Organometallics 41, 284 (2022)

Gus Hancock, Shrinivas Sharma, Martin Galpin, Daniel Lunn, Clare Megson, Rob Peverall, Graham Richmond, Grant A D Ritchie and Katharine R Owen. The correlation between breath acetone and blood betahydroxybutyrate in individuals with type 1 diabetes. J. Breath Res.15, 017101 (2021)

Gavin Young, Nikolas Hundt, Daniel Cole, Adam Fineberg, Joanna Andrecka, Andrew Tyler, Anna Olerinyova, Ayla Ansari, Erik G. Marklund, Miranda P. Collier, Shane A. Chandler, Olga Tkachenko, Joel Allen, Max Crispin, Neil Billington, Yasuharu Takagi, James R. Sellers, Cédric Eichmann, Philipp Selenko, Lukas Frey, Roland Riek, Martin R. Galpin, Weston B. Struwe, Justin L. P. Benesch, Philipp Kukura. Quantitative mass imaging of single biological macromolecules. Science 360, 423 (2018)

Georg K. A. Hochberg, Dale A. Shepherd, Erik G. Marklund, Indu Santhanagoplan, Matteo T. Degiacomi, Arthur Laganowsky, Timothy M. Allison, Eman Basha, Michael T. Marty, Martin R. Galpin, Weston B. Struwe, Andrew J. Baldwin, Elizabeth Vierling and Justin L. P. Benesch.
Structural principles that enable oligomeric small heat-shock protein paralogs to evolve distinct functions. Science 359, 930 (2018)

David E. Logan, Martin R. Galpin and Jonathan Mannouch. Mott transitions in the Periodic Anderson Model. J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 28, 455601 (2016) (See also

Martin R. Galpin, Andrew K. Mitchell, Jesada Temaismithi, David E. Logan, Benjamin Beri and Nigel R. Cooper. Conductance fingerprint of Majorana fermions in the topological Kondo effect. Phys. Rev. B. 89, 045143 (2014)

Simon. J. Chorley, Martin R. Galpin, Frederic W. Jayatilaka, Charles G. Smith, David E. Logan and Mark R. Buitelaar. Tunable Kondo Physics in a Carbon Nanotube Double Quantum Dot. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 156804 (2012)

Martin R. Galpin, Frederic W. Jayatilaka, David E. Logan and Frithjof B. Anders. Interplay between Kondo physics and spin-orbit coupling in carbon nanotube quantum dots. Phys. Rev. B 81, 075437 (2010)

Frithjof B. Anders, David E. Logan, Martin R. Galpin and Gleb Finkelstein. Zero-bias conductance in carbon nanotube quantum dots. Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 086809 (2008)

Martin R. Galpin, David E. Logan and H. R. Krishnamurthy. Quantum Phase Transition in Capacitively Coupled Double Quantum Dots. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 186406 (2005).

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