Dr Christopher Armstrong

Dr Christopher Armstrong


Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Natural Sciences


  • BSc (University of York)
  • PhD (University of York)
  • PCAP (University of Hull)


Chris is a lecturer in Physical Chemistry, currently running the physical chemistry labs, and lecturing quantum mechanics and spectroscopy.

He completed a PhD at the University of York in 2013 focusing on the chemical mechanisms of rhodium-based C-H and H-H activation photocatalysts. He has lectured in the University of Sheffield on green chemistry and University of Birmingham on kinetics.

Programme Director (BSc and MChem Chemistry)

Physical Chemistry Teaching Labs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd year.

400049 - Organic Chemistry and the Analytical Approach

-- Acids, Bases and Solutions

400056 - Chemical Structurt and Physical Chemistry

-- Thermodynamics I

500057 - Spectroscopic Methods

-- Physical Spectroscopy

-- Elements of Quantum Mechanics

500058 - Chemistry of the World

500060 - Inorganic Chemistry, Statistical Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics

-- Formal Quantum Mechanics

500061 - Computational and Employability Skills

-- Excel for Chemists

-- Data visualsation

-- Computational Chemistry

600056 - Group Project (module lead)

700076 - Extended Research Project (module lead)

Research interests

How students approach and self-motivate in blended learning environments.

The mental health impact of teaching laboratories and the transition to higher education.

Representations in chemistry and their use within lectures and textbooks.

Awards and prizes

Outstanding Contribution to Education


Faculty of Science and Engineering Awards, 2021

Innovative Teaching Award


The HUU Student-Led Teaching and Support Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching and support at the University.

Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching (FoSE)


This award recognises an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, awarded here for the innovative use of pre-lab tests and exercises in preparing students for the teaching laboratory sessions in the second year of Physical Chemistry.

Conference organisation

Undergraduate Chemistry Symposium


A conference dedicated to all undergraduate project work completed in the 2021-22 academic year. Featuring contributions from 3rd and 4th year research project, and 1st and 2nd year skills mini-projects.

Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Group Winter Meeting


Conference presentation

Portfolio Assessment


Video presentation to the Variety in Chemical Education and Physics Higher Education Conference (ViCEPHEC) amidst the height of the pandemic.

Addressing the needs of diverse students using video VLEs and automated formative assessment


This talk will look at how we have rebuilt our second year Mathematics support class to move away from lectures and exams and toward an online module supported by face-to-face workshops and how this has been evaluated over the last two years. We begin by addressing the content and the aim of the course how VLE features were used to guide students through a re-vamped module structure and then look at a case study of how this was experienced by students with personal circumstances such as childcare or part-time work along with practical advice on how to adapt this structure.

Ethics role

Pedagogical Subject Expert for FSE Ethics Committee

2019 - 2023

I serve as the subject expert to review and authorise pedagogical research involving human participants for the Faculty of Science and Engineering