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 Natural Sciences (Chemistry) BSc (Hons) and Natural Sciences (Biology) BSc (Hons) courses.

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).

Jon is part of the Planetary Chemistry section within the Molecular Systems for Health Research Group.

Jon currently teaches Physical Chemistry across several courses within the School of Human Sciences. He is a specialist in atomic and molecular spectroscopy and has a particular 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.

  • V. Spathis, M.C. Price, J.D. Tandy, J.S. New, P.J. Wozniakiewicz, Shock Synthesis of Prebiotic Molecules I: Preliminary Results, LPSC LII (2021) #1623.
  • V. Spathis, M.C. Price, J.D. Tandy, P.J. Wozniakiewicz, J. Campbell-White, A. Sicilia-Aguilar, Shock Synthesis of Prebiotic Molecules II: Probing the Temperature of Creation using Impact Flash Spectra, LPSC LII (2021) #1625.
  • M.C. Price, V. Spathis, J.D. Tandy, P.J. Wozniakiewicz, J.S. New, L. Alesbrook, Shock Synthesis of Prebiotic Molecules III: Probing the Pressures, LPSC LII (2021) #1328.
  • J.D. Tandy, M.C. Price, P. Wozniakiewicz, M. Cole, L. Alesbrook, C. Avdellidou, Impact flash evolution of CO2 ice, water ice and frozen Martian and lunar regolith-simulant targets, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 55 (2020) 2301.
  • J.D. Tandy, M.C. Price, P. Wozniakiewicz, M. Cole, L. Alesbrook, C. Avdellidou, The effect of projectile material on the impact flash from carbon dioxide ice. In: EPSC Meeting 2020, 21 September – 9 October 2020, Online, 14 (2020) EPSC2020-144.
  • J.D. Tandy, M. Price, P. Wozniakiewicz, M. Cole, R. Hibbert, C. Avdellidou, Observations of impacted, frozen Lunar and Martian regolith simulants. In: EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019, 15-20 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland, 13 (2019) EPSC-DPS2019-1897-2.
  • J.D. Tandy, Designing a new Physical Chemistry module using a flipped classroom approach, Investigations in university teaching & learning, 12 (2019).
  • 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.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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • J.D. Tandy, J.-G. Wang, J. Lievin, P.F. Bernath, Investigating the electronic states of BaOH by V-type double resonance spectroscopy and ab initio calculations: Further evidence of perturbation from the A ' 2∆ state, J. Mol. Spec., 270 (2011) 44-50.
  • J.D. Tandy, J.-G. Wang, P.F. Bernath, High-resolution laser spectroscopy of BaOH and BaOD: Anomalous spin-orbit coupling in the A 2 state, J. Mol. Spec., 255 (2009) 63-67.
  • J.-G. Wang, J.D. Tandy, P.F. Bernath, High-resolution laser excitation spectroscopy of the A 2000-X 2 +000 transition of BaOH, J. Mol. Spec., 252 (2008) 31-36.
Jon was awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Research Fund in 2017 and a London Metropolitan University Teaching Fellowship in 2018.
Jon is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy). He is also an active member of the London Met creativity in assessment community of practice.

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