Trevor A. Hamlin
Assistant Professor, Track-Coordinator Master Chemistry (joint-degree)
I strive to empower those around me with the confidence to advance the scientific field, each and every day.
I motivate my students and colleagues to solve problems, which likely seem tough while they do it, but after they make a breakthrough and unravel the problem, I think they feel invincible.
I am a trained synthetic organic chemist who is now enthralled by the wonders of computational chemistry. I am highly interested in probing and understanding the mechanism of organic, inorganic, and biochemical reactions.
Towards that goal, I leverage high-level calculations and elegant experimental techniques to gain insight into the operative mechanism of pericyclic reactions, SN2 vs E2 reactions, catalysis, DNA replication, and many more! Check out my publication list for an idea of the chemistry we actively pursue in my research group.
I enjoy teaching nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and physical organic chemistry (POC) at the MSc level and many other BSc and MSc computational chemistry courses. I strive for creating a safe environment for students to hone their scientific investigation ability, increase their writing quality, and perfect their presentation skills.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with my wife (Mary Kate), gardening, traveling the world, and (of course) cycling!
Assistant Professor (with tenure)
Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 12/2019-present
Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 07/2018-12/2019
Department of Theoretical Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 09/2015-07/2018
Supervisor: F. Matthias Bickelhaupt
Ph.D. in Chemistry
Thesis: "Development of New Synthetic Methods, Mechanistic Elucidation of Novel Organic Reactions Using Quantum Calculations, and Harnessing the Power of Continuous Flow Technologies"
Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut,
Supervisor: Nicholas E. Leadbeater
B.S. in Biochemistry (cum laude, ACS Certification, and Departmental Distinction)
Thesis: "Delocalization of Charge and Electron Density in the Humulyl Cation"
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Albright College, 09/2006-05/2010
Supervisor: Christian S. Hamann
Awards and Memberships
2020 University Teaching Qualification (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs)
2020 Member of the Early Career Advisory Board of Chemistry – A European Journal
2020 Member of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (KNCV)
2019 Member of the Holland Research School of Molecular Chemistry (HRSMC)
2016 30 Under 30 Award: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
2014 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
2014 Zaiput Flow Technologies Challenge Grant
2013 Poster Award at Zing Conference on Microwave and Flow
2012 American Chemical Society Member
2011 Chemistry Alumni Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
2010 Benjamin H. Handorf Chemistry Prize
2010 Eileen Walker Memorial Award
2009 Undergraduate Student Travel Award: Division of Organic
Chemistry of the ACS
2006-2010 The Presidential Scholarship
2006-2010 The Cecilia Hand and Morgan Hand, II Memorial
2006-2010 Ocean City Masonic Club “Foster Karney” Foundation
2006-2010 National Honor Society Scholar