Dr Jon Tandy

Jon is the Course Leader for Natural Sciences BSc and a senior lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the School of Human Sciences.

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Dr Jon Tandy

Jon graduated in 2006 from The University of York with a MChem (Hons) in Chemistry. He continued his studies at York and was awarded a PhD in Chemistry in 2011. He subsequently undertook several postdoctoral research positions at the California Institute of Technology, The University of Leicester and Imperial College London. Jon is the course leader for all of the BSc Natural Sciences courses and was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship in 2018. He is also an active member of the London Met creativity in assessment community of practice.

Jon's current research primarily focuses on high speed imaging and emission spectroscopy of light flashes seen during hypervelocity (> 3 km/s) impacts replicating meteoroids impacting planetary surfaces, allowing an examination of the highly energetic and dynamic chemical reactions. He is also working to develop a new cryogenic source to replicate the icy mixtures found on the surfaces of outer Solar System bodies (e.g. Pluto). He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy).



Research interests

Jon currently teaches all Physical Chemistry across several courses within the School of Human Sciences. He is a specialist in atomic and molecular spectroscopy and has a particularly interest in developing creative teaching and learning. Jon supervises undergraduate research projects in atomic emission spectroscopy, chemical extraction from lunar and martian soil simulants, extraction and analysis of leachables from pharmaceutical packing, and computational modelling of small molecules of interest within astrochemistry.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • A. Sadoon, G. Sarma, E. Cunningham, J.D. Tandy, M. Hanson-Heine, N. Besley, S. Yang, A.M. Ellis, Infrared spectroscopy of NaCl(CH3)n complexes in helium nanodroplets, J. Phys. Chem. A, 120 (2016) 8085-8092.
  • J.D. Tandy, C. Feng, A. Boatwright, G. Sarma, A.M. Sadoon, A.Shirley, N. Das Neves Rodrigues, E.M. Cunningham, S. Yang, A.M. Ellis, Infrared spectroscopy of salt-water complexes, J. Chem. Phys., 144 (2016) 121103.
  • J.D. Tandy, J.M. Mihaly, M.A. Adams, A.J. Rosakis, Examining the temporal evolution of hypervelocity impact phenomena via high speed imaging and UV-visible emission spectroscopy, J. Appl. Phys., 116 (2014) 034901.
  • J.M. Mihaly, J.D. Tandy, A.J. Rosakis, M.A. Adams, Pressure-dependent, IR-emitting clouds in hypervelocity impacts, J. Appl. Mech., 82 (2015) 011004.
  • B. Shepperson, J.D. Tandy, A. Boatwright, C. Feng, D. Spence, A. Shirley, S. Yang, A.M. Ellis, Electronic spectroscopy of toluene in helium nanodroplets: Evidence for a long-lived excited state, J. Phys. Chem. A, 117 (2013) 13591-13595.
  • J.M. Mihaly, J.D. Tandy, M.A. Adams, A.J. Rosakis, In situ diagnostics for a small-bore hypervelocity impact facility, Int. J. Imp. Eng., 62 (2013) 13-26.
  • J.M. Mihaly, A.J. Rosakis, M.A. Adams, J.D. Tandy, Impact ejecta and debris cloud behavior using laser-side-lighting, Procedia Engineering, 58 (2013) 363-368.


Dr Jon Tandy
Natural Sciences BSc Course Leader
Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
+44 (0)20 7133 4195
T12-02, Tower Building