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Outreach to Secondary School Students in Nepal

Dr Rabi Chhanytal-Pun has recently returned from a trip to Nepal in which he established links with the Department of Chemical Science and Engineering at Kathmandu University, and visited Loyola Secondary School in Kathmandu to lead outreach activities.   The outreach was supported by Bristol ChemLabs colleagues who provided Rabi with colorimeter equipment to take to Nepal for hands-on experiments by the school students.  About 80 students and two school teachers participated in the outreach activities.

Oral presentation prize for Dr Ravi Kumar Venkatraman

Congratulations to Dr Ravi Kumar Venkatraman who was awarded the Elsevier Prize for Best Oral Presentation at the 2018 International Conference on Perspectives in Vibrational Spectroscopy, held at BARC, Mumbai in Nov 2018.  Ravi’s talk was entitled “Novel Insights into the Photophysics and Photochemistry of Benzophenone: A Tale of Two Different Solvent Environments”.  Part of his presented work was reported in a recent paper in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 9, 1642−1648 (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00345.

Dr Tom Swift awarded EPSRC doctoral prize

Congratulations to Tom Swift who has been awarded a prestigious EPSRC doctoral prize fellowship to work with Tom Oliver. His research will investigate the dynamics of photosynthesis in crop species.

Dr Sohail Mushtaq secures position with MSI Ltd

Congratulations to Sohail who will start as a senior application scientist with Mass Spectrometry Instruments Ltd in January 2019. MSI specialises in the design and application of high performance magnetic sector double focusing mass spectrometers. 

Welcome to Georgia Thornton

Georgia joins us from the University of Warwick as a new PhD student.  She will be working on the study of mechanisms of photoredox catalysed reactions in solution using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy.

Welcome to two new group members

Fabiola Cardoso Delgado and Teo Garcia Millan are Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials Centre for Doctoral Training students, and will study for PhDs with Tom Oliver, jointly supervised by Heather Whitney and Carmen Galan, respectively.

Andrew Orr-Ewing elected to Membership of the Academia Europaea

Academia Europaea was founded in 1988, on the initiative of the Royal Society and other National Academies in Europe.  Academia Europaea is the only Europe-wide Academy with individual membership from Council of Europe states and other nations across the world.

Poster prize for Matt Bain

Congratulations to Matt Bain who won a prize for his poster at the RSC Photophysics and Photochemistry Interest Group Meeting, held in Swansea from 20 – 21 September 2018.  Matt’s poster was entitled “‘Coulomb Explosion Imaging: watching molecular structure on a femtosecond timescale”.

Visit by Prof Stephen Bradforth (USC)

Professor Stephen Bradforth (University of Southern California, USA) was a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at Bristol during September 2018. Steve uses ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to explore a range of topics including DNA photodamage and protection, light harvesting and solar energy conversion. Tom hosted his scientifically rewarding visit. Andrew and Mike are pictured here with Steve at Golden Cap on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

Welcome to Stuart Crane

Welcome to Stuart Crane who joins the Bristol group as a postdoctoral research associate.  Stuart studied for his PhD in ultrafast chemical dynamics with Prof David Townsend at Heriot-Watt University, and will work on a project in Bristol to study photochemical dynamics using ultrafast laser spectroscopy and velocity map imaging with PImMS camera detection.

Welcome to Dr Xu-Dong Wang

We are delighted to welcome Dr Xu-Dong Wang to the Bristol group as a postdoctoral research fellow.  Xu-Dong obtained his PhD from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, where he used velocity map imaging to study the dynamics of dissociative electron attachment to molecules, under the guidance of Professor Shan Xi Tian.  In Bristol, Xu-Dong will be working on VMI studies of reactive scattering and photodissociation dynamics.

Marta Duchi wins poster prize

Congratulations to Marta, who won a poster prize at the Celebration of Bristol Chemistry V, held on 3rd July 2018.  Her poster, entitled “Charge transfer dynamics and vibrational wavepackets explored with ultrafast techniques” described recent work she has carried out in Tom Oliver’s ultrafast laser laboratory.  The event brought together postgraduate students and postdocs from across the School of Chemistry to present their wide-ranging research achievements.

Welcome to Dr Patrick Robertson

Welcome to Dr Patrick Robertson, who has joined the group as a postdoctoral research fellow working on velocity map imaging of chemical dynamics.  Patrick joins us from La Trobe University in Melbourne, where he obtained his PhD with Dr Evan Robertson studying the the effects of hydrogen bonding in organic molecules and their clusters using laser spectroscopy techniques.

Welcome to Dr Chu Fenghong

We are delighted to welcome Dr Chu Fenghong as a China Scholarship Council Visiting Scholar.  Chu is visiting from the Shanghai University of Electric Power, and will be working on the study of optical properties of single, trapped aerosol particles using cavity ring-down spectroscopy.

Welcome to two new group members

Welcome to Dr Mahima Sneha and to Luke Lewis-Borrell who have joined the group.  Mahima is a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow, and obtained her PhD working with Prof Richard Zare at Stanford University.  Luke is a member of the Bristol Chemical Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training and will study for his PhD under the guidance of Andrew Orr-Ewing and Bristol colleague Varinder Aggarwal.

Successful mission to Dalian

Mike Ashfold and Chris Hansen have just completed a successful 3 week visit to the new Dalian Coherent Light Source, where they had the honour of being the first international visitors to use this unique vacuum ultraviolet free electron laser. The images show Chris, Mike and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics scientists Kaijun Yuan, Zhichao Chen and Chang Yao.

Victoria Wins Three Minute Thesis People’s Choice Prize!

Congratulations to Victoria Taylor who won the three minute thesis people’s choice prize with her presentation “Ultrafast lasers – Shining a light on the future of renewable energy.” The three minute thesis final was held on 9th May 2018 as part of the University of Bristol’s Research without Borders event.

Photoredox catalysis paper published in JACS

Research by Daisuke Koyama and Harvey Dale has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  The paper is entitled  ‘Ultrafast Observation of a Photoredox Reaction Mechanism: Photo-Initiation in Organocatalyzed Atom-Transfer Radial Polymerization’, and describes how ultrafast absorption spectroscopy can be used to observe the short-lived reaction intermediates involved in chemical reactions initiated by electron transfer from a photoactive organic catalyst. Harvey contributed significantly to this research while he was a final year undergraduate project student in the Bristol Laser Chemistry group.  The paper citation is D. Koyama, H.J.A. Dale and A.J. Orr-Ewing, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 1285-1293 (2018).  DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b07829.

Poster Prize for Giordano Amoruso at SDG 2018

Congratulations to Giordano Amoruso who won best poster prize at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group 2018 Meeting at Durham (8-10 January, 2018).

Congratulations to Dr Magda Ulmeanu

Best wishes to Magda, who will start as an R&D Engineer with Folium Optics Ltd in Thornbury in January 2018.