Curriculum Vitae





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Toomas Tamm

October 16, 1965 in Tartu, Estonia

Tallinn University of Technology; Department of Chemistry

Ehitajate tee 5; EE-19086 Tallinn; Estonia



toomas dot tamm at taltech dot ee




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.


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.

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