Dr Christopher Armstrong

Dr Christopher Armstrong

Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Qualifications

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

Summary

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.

Undergraduate

Programme Director (BSc and MChem Chemistry)

2nd Year Teaching Labs

3rd Year Physical Chemistry Teaching Labs

500057 - Spectroscopic Methods

500058 - Chemistry of the World

500060 - Inorganic Chemistry, Statistical Thermodynamics and Quantum Mechanics

600056 - Group Project

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

Innovative Teaching Award

2019

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)

2018

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

Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Group Winter Meeting

2018

Conference presentation

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

2018

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 - 2020

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