Founder & DirectorBSc (Hons) Sydney, PhD Cambridge
Dr Lyle is passionate about the accessibility of high-quality education & founded Sci School in 2011.
As a Cambridge academic, Dr Lyle is at the forefront of research in theoretical quantum physics & his publications feature in leading physics journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Physical Review. He is an Associate of the UK Institute of Physics & the American Physical Society, which includes peer-review of new research papers & delivering engaging lectures at the largest physics conferences in the world.
Dr Lyle is Academic Supervisor for mathematics & science undergraduates at Peterhouse & St Edmund's colleges, Cambridge, where he facilitates weekly tutorials & the setting, invigilating & marking of exams. He was previously a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sydney in the Chemistry & Physics Departments & the principal mathematics tutor for the Commonwealth-funded Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme.
With 10 years teaching experience at the secondary level, Dr Lyle has taught literally hundreds of successful HSC maths & science students. He has also worked with the major O- & A-Level exam boards in the UK, including Edexcel, OCR & AQA.
As the recipient of numerous academic awards & scholarships, Dr Lyle is a prime role model of academic excellence for his students. As a Sydney University Merit Scholar, he excelled in the Dean's Talented Student Program, offered by invitation to the top 1 per cent of students, & scored the top award for his Honours research thesis, which contributed to a full scholarship to Cambridge. Achieving a UAI of 99.70, he was Dux of his high school & recipient of the Premier's Award for All Round Excellence in the HSC.
Selected Publications & Conference Proceedings
Prediction of 10-fold coordinated TiO2 and SiO2 structures at multimegabar pressures
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Pages 6898–6901, Volume 122, 2015
Molecular adsorption and methanol synthesis on the oxidized Cu/ZnO(0001) surface
Pages 97–104, Volume 641, 2015
Copper-doped zinc oxide is the primary catalyst used in the production of methanol, one of the top-10 industrial reactions globally. At the high temperatures achieved during the reaction, the catalyst surface distorts and an atomically-thin copper oxide layer forms. We show how this activated catalyst is highly reactive towards both the reactant and intermediary molecules involved in the reaction. Compared with undoped zinc oxide, the addition of copper significantly improves the energetics of the catalyst towards methanol production.
High-pressure phases of alumina
American Physical Society
2014 March Conference, Denver, USA
Aluminium oxide, the mineral from which ruby and sapphire are comprised, is widely used as a standard to calibrate high-pressure experiments. It is also a major component of the Earth's crust. As such, understanding the behaviour of aluminium oxide at high pressures is of great importance. Here we present a new dense form of aluminium oxide that was discovered to be stable at pressures approaching that of the Earth's core.
Cu/ZnO(0001) under oxidating and reducing conditions: A first-principles survey of surface structures
Physical Review B
Pages 1253111–12531125, Volume 84, 2011
Copper-doped zinc oxide is the primary catalyst used in the production of methanol, one of the top-10 industrial reactions globally. At the high temperatures achieved during the reaction, the catalyst surface distorts and a reconstruction takes place. We show that at in the case of low oxygen concentrations, copper atoms form islands on the surface. In cases where oxygen is in excess, atomically-thin copper oxide layers form, with stoichiometric ratios indicative of available oxygen.
Coverage and charge-state dependent adsorption of carbon monoxide on the zinc oxide (0001) surface
Physical Review B
Pages 1654011–1654019, Volume 82, 2010
Undoped zinc oxide may be used as a catalyst for the production of methanol, though less effective than the copper-doped variety. Zinc oxide is also a catalyst for the hydrogenation of ethylene and for the water-gas-shift reaction. In these reactions the adsorption of carbon monoxide is known to play a rate-determining role, yet the chemical and physical behaviour of the molecule on the surface is far from understood. We show that both the energetics and adsorption geometries of carbon monoxide on the surface strongly depend on the molecular coverage and charge on the molecule.
Selected Awards & Scholarships
|2014||Lundgren Research Award||$3,000|
|2013||Gunn Research Award (sole recipient)||$2,000|
|2013||The Sidney Perry Foundation Award||$1,500|
|2011||Gowrie Trust Scholarship (sole recipient)||$8,000|
|2010||Peterhouse Cambridge Graduate Studentship||$150,000|
|2010||University of Sydney, Summer Research Award||$3,000|
|2009||University of Sydney, School of Physics Honours Award||$3,000|
|2009||Monash University, Summer Research Award (sole recipient)||$3,000|
|2008||Charlie Bell School of Management, National Award for Future Leaders (sole recipient)||$15,000|
|2008||University of Sydney, Summer Research Award||$3,000|
|2007||ANZAC Institute of Medicine, Summer Research Award (sole recipient)||$3,000|
|2006||University of Sydney Undergraduate Scholarship||$6,000|