Dr Tom Whale

Dr Tom Whale


I was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1989 moving to Wales in the late 1990s. I completed an MChem in Chemistry at the University of Durham from 2007-2011. During my degree I completed a Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary project on high pressure ice and a fourth year research project on carbon nanomaterials, both supervised by Dr Christoph Salzmann. I moved to the group of Dr Ben Murray at the University of Leeds for my PhD, graduating in 2016 with a thesis entitled ‘Ice nucleation by feldspars and carbon nanomaterials’.

I then undertook postdoctoral research in the Murray group looking at controlling ice nucleation in cryobiological systems. In 2018 I moved to the group of Professor Fiona Meldrum at Leeds to work on heterogeneous nucleation of inorganic crystals. I then won a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (2019-2023) at the University of Warwick working. I am now a Lecturer in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) of the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds. 


  • Co-Program Leader Climate Futures MSc
  • Module Leader SOEE5880M Engaging with Climate Change: Capstone Project

Research interests

I have broad interests relating to experimental and theoretical aspects of understanding ice nucleation and growth and of crystallisation more broadly. I also conduct research into applied areas including atmospheric ice formation and problems in cryobiology.

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  • MChem (Durham) 2011
  • PhD (Leeds) 2016

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Aerosol Society
  • Treasurer of the Society for Low Temperature Biology
  • Member of the British Association for Crystal Growth

Student education

I currently teach onEnvironmental Measurements and Engaging with Climate Change: Capstone Project. I am Physical Science Program Leader for MSc Climate Futures: Science, Society and Politics

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