Curriculum Vitae

Name: Toomas Tamm
Born: October 16, 1965 in Tartu, Estonia
Address: Tallinn University of Technology; Department of Chemistry
Ehitajate tee 5; EE-19086 Tallinn; Estonia
Citizenship: Estonia
Marital Status: married
E-mail: (e-mail)
Tel: +372-620-2810
Fax: +372-620-2828

Education

1972-1983: Elementary and secondary school in Tartu, Estonia
1983-1990: University of Tartu, Department of Chemistry, Tartu, Estonia


including:
1984-1986: Military service
1988-1989: Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA as an exchange student


1990-1993: Graduate School in Chemistry, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia.

Academic Degrees

University Diploma (B.S.) in chemistry, cum laude, University of Tartu, 1990. Title of thesis: "Extensions to the MOPAC Quantum-Chemical Program Package and Applications of These". Supervisor: Professor Mati Karelson.

Doctor of Chemistry (Ph.D.), University of Tartu, 1993. Title of thesis: "Quantum-Chemical Simulation of Solvent Effects"; defended on Oct 8, 1993 in Tartu. Supervisor: Professor Mati Karelson.

Employment

1981-1984: Laboratory Assistant (part-time), University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
1984-1986: Military Service, included work as a technical photographer in 1985-1986.
1986-1989: Laboratory and Research Assistant, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; with Prof. Mati Karelson
1990-1992: Laboratory and Research Assistant (part-time), University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia; with Prof. Mati Karelson.
1993: Research Scientist, University of Tartu, Estonia; with Prof. Mati Karelson.
1994-1996: Post-doctoral Associate, Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida, USA; with Prof. Michael C. Zerner.
1996-1998: Research Scientist, Laboratory for Instruction in Swedish, Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki, Finland; with Prof. Pekka Pyykkö.
1998-now: Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia.
2001: On sabbatical leave from Tallinn at University of Helsinki,
Finland (6 months).

Previous Research

Theoretical studies of solvent effects, in particular with the Self-Consistent Reaction Field and Polarizable Continuum methods. Development of the methods and implementation; testing the areas of applicability of the methods. Comparisons of various approaches to quantum-chemical modeling of solvation.

Quantum-chemical calculations on systems of photochemical and biological interests (porphyrins, chlorine-substituted furanones and halopropenals).

Studies of potential energy surfaces of organic reactions in solvent and gas phases, in particular the SN2 and other nucleophilic substitution mechanisms, gas-phase dissociation reactions, and the stability of organic gas-phase radicals.

Design and implementation of quantum-chemical computer methodology; optimization and organization of large existing quantum-chemical codes (Zindo).

Theoretical search for new species in inorganic chemistry, using ab initio methodology with the inclusion of relativistic effects using pseudopotentials, as well as solid-state calculations.

Study of strong closed-shell attractions between heavy element atoms in inorganic compounds (aurophilic attraction).

Computational studies of solid-state phosphates, in particular apatites, from the point of view of ionic substitutions and water absorption.

Computational electrochemistry: accurate calculations of intra-ion equilibra in solutions. Studies of the significance of the second coordination sphere.

Current research

Computational study of homogenous catalysis, applicability of the Sharpless catalyst to new substrates.

Mechanisms of organic reactions in large, conformationally flexible systems. Significance of the conformational flexibility in descriptions of chemical phenomena.

Computer Experience

Experience in implementation and modification of quantum-chemical methodology in MOPAC, AMPAC and ZINDO. Design and implementation of user interfaces, molecular graphics subsystems and databases. Large package development and maintenance experience (ZINDO). Over twenty years of UNIX, VMS and MS-DOS system management experience; familiar with TCP/IP networking and maintenance of large computer clusters. Programming languages: C, C++, Fortran, Lisp, Perl, Python, SQL, and various assembly languages.

Teaching Experience

1994-1996: Teaching undergraduate chemistry during two semesters (lectures, exercises), 3-4 hours per week at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA.
1998-2004: Teaching the courses "Fundamentals of Chemistry", "General Chemistry", and "Inorganic Chemistry" mostly to first-year chemistry students at Tallinn University of Technology, 6-9 hours per week. Also managing the courses in general, coordinating the exercise classes and laboratories, making up exams, etc. The courses are held in Estonian, Russian and English.
2000: An intensive course (every day for three weeks) in introductory computational chemistry, covering a short overview of the theory and introducing practical aspects of performing ab initio quantum-chemical calculations. Included some hands-on exercises.
2001: Introductory quantum chemistry (4 hours per week) covering the basics from particle in the box and harmnic oscillator, through the hydrogen atom, up to modern ab initio, semiempirical and density functional methods.
2003-2005: Teaching the course "Chemistry of the Elements" at Tallinn University of Technology to a group of typically around 20 students. Lectures (every other week) and reading essays written by students.
2005-: Teaching the course "Theoretical and computational chemistry" to master-level students (lectures, classroom and hands-on exercises, 5 hours per week).
2006-: Teaching the course "Inorganic Chemistry II" to master-level students (lectures, classroom and hands-on exercises, 3 hours per week).
2009-: Teaching the courses "Fundamentals of Chemistry" and "Inorganic Chemistry I" to first-year students (lectures, classroom exercises).

Lectures

1. On Teaching of Chemistry at the University of Florida.
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, 22. November 1996


2. On Teaching of Chemistry at the University of Florida.
Tallinn Technical University, Tallinn, Estonia, 3. October 1997


3. Comparison of the Accuracy of Continuum Models.
At the Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry in University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, 15. December 1997


4. Chemistry without Chemicals?
Tallinn Technical University, Tallinn, Estonia, 23. April 1998


5. Chemistry without Chemicals.
BEST-Estonia Summer Course "Future Possibilities Within and Around Us",
Tallinn, Estonia, 31. July 2000


6. Chemistry without Chemicals?
Tallinn Pedagogical University, Tallinn, Estonia, 21. January 2001


7. Chemistry without Chemicals.
Tallinn House of Teachers, Tallinn, Estonia, 10. March 2004


8. Circulation of Molecules.
Tallinn College of Engineering, Tallinn, Estonia, 03. May 2005


9. How to run Computational Chemistry Calculations from Crystal Strucutre Data.
At the meeting of the Crystal Engineering Nordic network, University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland, 18-20 August 2008


10. Conformation Space Management.
At the meeting of Laskemo national graduate school of Finland, Nauvo, Finland, 12-13 October 2009


Positions of Trust

1. Opponent at the public defense of the Ph. D. thesis of Uko Maran.
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, 26. November 1997


2. Referee for:
Computer Physics Communications
Proceedings of Estonian Academy of Sciences (Chemistry)
Journal of Physical Chemistry
Fluid Phase Equilibria


3. Vice-dean (research and development) of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Tallinn University of Technology, 2002-2007.


4. Member of the jury for annual contest of student scientific research projects of Estonia. 2005-2008.


5. Opponent at the public defense of the Ph. D. thesis of Laban Bondesson.
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 29. May 2007


6. Opponent at the public defense of the Ph. D. thesis of Veera Krasnenko.
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, 11. November 2008


7. Opponent at the public defense of the Ph. D. thesis of Mika Niskanen.
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, 06. June 2011


8. Opponent at the public defense of the Ph. D. thesis of Thomas Sandberg.
Åbo Akademi, Turku, Finland, 31. May 2013


9. Vice-dean (education) of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Tallinn University of Technology, 2012-present.


Schools and Courses Attended

1. Research School on the Car-Parrinello Method.
Helsinki Institute of Physics (FTL);
Helsinki, Finland, 16-19 December 1996.


2. Summer School in Molecular Dynamics and Chemical Kinetics.
University of Copenhagen, Institute of Chemistry;
Gentofte, Denmark, 9-21 August 1997.


3. Graduate School Workshop on Surface Reactions and Clusters at Surfaces.
University of Oulu;
Oulu, Finland, 12-14 December 1997.


4. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Solvation.
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 15-17 December 1997.


5. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Electron and Proton Transfer.
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 13-16 December 1999.


6. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Magnetic Properties of Molecules.
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 11-14 December 2000.


7. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Condensed Phase Dynamics.
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 10-12 December 2001.


8. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Large Molecules.
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 9-12 December 2002.


9. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Quantum Chemistry Bordering Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 8-11 December 2003.


10. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: A Frontier of Chemistry: New Species
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 13-16 December 2004.


11. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Nanophotonics
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 7-9 December 2005.


12. Pedagogics and Teaching Methodology: internal course for TUT staff
Tallinn University of Technology;
Tallinn, Estonia, December 2005 - January 2006.


13. Summer meeting of the Crystal Engineering Nordic network
University of Joensuu;
Joensuu, Finland, 18-20 August 2008


14. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Reactions on Surfaces
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 10-12 December 2008.


15. Meeting of Nordic Baltic Network in Crystal Engineering and Supramolecular Materials (organizer)
Tallinn University of Technology;
Tallinn, Estonia, 26-29 August 2009


16. Winter School in Theoretical Chemistry: Chemical Bonding
Department of Chemistry, University of Helsinki;
Helsinki, Finland, 14-17 December 2009.
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