Physical chemistry

The Physical Chemistry Research Group has 4 main themes, many of which cross cut with other groups in the Department.

Atmospheric chemistry

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The Atmospheric Chemistry group study gas and aerosol phase processes in the atmosphere using experimental and modelling approaches. Our main interests are in technology development for atmospheric science; high quality, ultra sensitive atmospheric measurements; fundamental physico-chemical research; global modelling of the atmosphere; development of highly detailed chemical mechanisms. This group is also part of the Analytical and Environmental Science team.

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Spectroscopy and photochemistry

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The Spectroscopy and Photochemistry group are interested in the myriad ways in which the interaction of light with matter can provide fundamental insights into the structure of molecules and their reactivity. Our interests span the gas and condensed phases and utilise high-resolution optical and resonance spectroscopies in both the frequency- and time-domains to study rovibronic energy level structures as well as molecular dynamics and photochemistry. This research finds applications in many areas of chemistry, physics and biology and spans fundamental, curiosity-driven research to studies of reaction mechanisms that underpin many high value chemical transformations. Such photochemical/physical processes are of great importance in fields as diverse as solar energy conversion, light-controlled switches, properties of dyes and unconventional computing.

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Theory and computation

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The Theoretical and Computational Chemistry group applies theory and computational methods to chemical problems. The activities of the group include: method development; calculation of molecular properties using quantum mechanical methods; application of theory to the interpretation of experimental data; modelling molecular systems; simulation of molecular spectra; calculations of the dynamics and composition of the Earth's atmosphere. This group forms part of the larger Computers in Chemistry team.

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Physical chemistry of materials

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Determining and understanding the phase behaviour, structure and dynamics of liquid crystals and related soft condensed matter systems. The wider interests of this group are described in the Materials research webpage.

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