Group Meetings

Winter 2017

Presentation Date/Venue
“Steady state properties in photosynthesis antennas”
– Clem Stross (Centre for Computational Chemistry)
Friday, 10th February 2017, 4:30 PM, W415
– Rhea Kumar
Friday, 17th February 2017, 2:30 PM, E204
“An investigation of the temperature dependence of reaction rate coefficients for Criegee intermediates with alcohols and sulphides”
 Laura McMahon
“Multi-mass imaging of photodissociation dynamics”
– Emma Elsdon
“Ultrafast photochemical dynamics of organic photoredox catalysis”
– Harvey Dale
– Matthew Bone
– Luke Carter
Friday, 24th February 2017, 2:30 PM, E204
– Chay Hale
– Emma Goodband
– Leana Aristodemou
“Simulating the iodine spectrum using AUTOFIT in PGOPHER”
– Li Xian Tan
“Explaining Intersystem Crossing in 2-Thiouracil: Insights from Ultrafast Absorption Spectroscopy”
– Matt Milner
“Electron induced chemistry in cold molecular films”
– E. Krishnakumar (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai)
Friday, 10th March 2017, 4:30 PM, W415
“Developing sustainable materials for thin film photovoltaics”
– Devendra Tiwari
Friday, 24th March 2017, 4:30 PM, QUEENS BLDG 1.58
“Solvent effects on photochemistry and photophysics of aromatic carbonyls: A Raman and computational study”
Ravi Kumar Venkatraman
Friday, 7th April 2017, 4:30 PM, W415
“Time-resolved photoelectron imaging as a probe of ultraviolet relaxation dynamics”
– David Townsend (Heriot-Watt University)
Friday, 21st April 2017, 4:30 PM, W415
– Neville Coughlan (The University of Melbourne)
Friday, 28th April 2017, 4:30 PM, W415
– Team Stavros (University of Warwick)
Friday, 5th May 2017, 4:30 PM, TBA
– Marine Bouduban (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)
Friday, 12th May 2017, 4:30 PM, TBA
– Marta Duchi & Victoria Taylor
Friday, 19th May 2017, 4:30 PM, TBA
“Products of Criegee Intermediate Reactions with NO2
– Rebecca Caravan (Combustion Research Facility, Sandia National Laboratories)
Friday, 26th May 2017, 4:30 PM, TBA
– Sohail Mushtaq
Friday, 2nd June 2017, 4:30 PM, TBA
– Philip Coulter
Friday, 9th June 2017, 4:30 PM, TBA

Autumn/Winter 2016

Presentation Date/Venue
“Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Catalysis and Energy Conversion”
– Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Friday, 23rd September 2016, 4:00 PM, LT3
“Optical emission spectroscopy of microwave-activated CH4/H2 plasmas used for CVD diamond growth”
– Ed Mahoney
Friday, 30th September 2016, 4:30 PM, W415
“2DIR spectroscopy of coherent energy transfer and intersystem crossing in metal complexes”
– Hugo Marroux
Friday, 21st October 2016, 4:30 PM, W415
“Kinetic Studies of Criegee Intermediate Reactions using Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy”
– Marta Duchi

“Organic electronic devices via solution processing and dynamic holographic assembly”
– Victoria Taylor
Friday, 28th October 2016, 4:30 PM, W415
“Using Molecular Dynamics simulations to study ion-molecule reactions in Coulomb crystals”
– Fred Cascarini
Thursday, 3rd November 2016, 4:00 PM, WS402
– Ashley Beckstead (Montana State)
Friday, 18th November 2016, 4:30 PM, W415
“Nonadiabatic effects in atmospheric chemistry and a soupçon of Exact Factorization”
– Basile Curchod
Friday, 25th November 2016, 4:30 PM, W415


Spring/Summer 2016

Presentation Date/Venue
“N2O4 Photodissociation in Solution”
– Philip Coulter
Friday, 15th April 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
– Clem Stross
Friday, 22nd April 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
“Probing molecular dynamics on ground and electronically excited states”
– Daniel Murdock
Friday, 29th April 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
“Unravelling molecular collisions”
Jolijn Onvlee (University of Nijmegen)
Friday, 6th May 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
“Multi-mass Imaging as a tool to understand the ionisation dynamics of gas phase molecules: An application of the PImMS 2 sensor”
– Hansjochen Koeckert (University of Oxford)
“Infrared Photodissociation Spectroscopy of Metal Carbon Dioxide Complexes”
– Ethan Cunningham (University of Oxford)
“Microscope-mode Mass Spectrometry of Samples using the PImMS Camera”
– Robert Burleigh (University of Oxford)
Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
“Ultrafast photo-induced molecular transformations in multidimensional potential energy landscapes: From the gas phase into solution and complex environments”
– Friedrich Temps (University of Kiel)
Friday, 20th May 2016, 4:30 PM, W415
“Photodissociation of Vinylbromide”
Shubhrangshu Pandit
Friday, 27th May 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
“The Pilgrim’s Progress: towards the New Jerusalem of Reaction Dynamics”
Balázs Hornung
Friday, 3rd June 2016, 4:30 PM, WS402
“Peeking behind the curtain of the total phenomenological rate constant”
– Max McGillen
Friday, 10th June 2016, 4:30 PM, QUEENS BLDG 1.58
“Atmospheric field measurements and low-temperature kinetics studies of the hydroxyl radical”
– Dwayne Heard (University of Leeds)
Friday, 17th June 2016, 4:30 PM, WS402
“A Side Story about an Accelerator for Tyre Vulcanization”
– Daisuke Koyama
Friday, 24th June 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
“Unimolecular Photodissociation of Small Aldehydes”
– Mitch Quinn
Friday, 1st July 2016, 4:30 PM, WS402
“Laboratory Studies of Criegee Intermediate Reactions”
– Rabi Chhantyal Pun
Friday, 15th July 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
– Adam Trevitt (University of Wollongong)
Friday, 22nd July 2016, 4:30 PM, W415

Autumn/Winter 2015/2016

Presentation Date/Venue
“Ultraviolet Photodissociation of Protonated Pyridine Derivatives: Action Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry”
Chris Hansen
Friday, 11th March 2016, 4:30 PM, E204
“Inductively-coupled plasmas in Cl2, O2 and mixtures: quantitative optical measurements of stable and transient species densities and energy distributions”
– Jean-Paul Booth
Friday, 26th February 2016, 4:30 PM, WS402
“Extensive Ab Initio Study of S2”
Patrick Martin“Gas phase ion imaging”
Andy Wall“A study into the unimolecular decomposition of Criegee intermediates using cavity ring-down spectroscopy”
Henry Hill
Friday, 19th February 2016, 4:00 PM, E204
“A kinetic study into the reactions of Criegee intermediates with Ammonia and Methylamine, using cavity ring-down spectroscopy”
Aidan Ingham“Extensive ab initio study of molecular oxygen”
Vicki Eagle“The excited state proton transfer of 7-azaindole”
Lauren Mccarthy“Two dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2DIR) of short Aib peptide systems”
James Hawken
Friday, 12th February 2016, 4:00 PM, E204
“Femtosecond X-Ray Experiments: Towards Real-Time Imaging of Chemical Dynamics”
– Christian Bressler (XFEL Hamburg)
Friday, 5th February 2016, 4:30 PM, W415
“It’s All About Water”
– Peter Hamm (University of Zurich)
Friday, 22nd January 2016, 10:00 AM, LT4
“This is what I did in my holidays”
– Rebecca Ingle
Friday, 11th December 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Phenol: The Story That Never Ends?”
– Tom Oliver
Friday, 4th December 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Towards In Silico Photochemistry with Ab Initio Multiple Spawning: Methods & Applications”
Basile Curchod (Stanford University)
Friday, 27th November 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Microwave spectroscopy of chiral molecules” –  Chris Medcraft (University of Newcastle)“The rotational spectrum of the imidazole dimer”  John Mullaney (University of Newcastle) Friday, 20th November 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Time resolved studies of low temperature chain branching”
– Paul Seakins (University of Leeds)
Friday, 13th November 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“LILAC lithography”
– Magdalena (Ulmeanu) Stanton
Friday, 6th November 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Spatial Fluorescence Imaging”
– Matthew Bain
Friday, 30th October 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Boltzmann Avenged”
– Heather Lewandowski (University of Colorado)
Friday, 23rd October 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them”
– Daniel Murdock
Friday, 16th October 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Multidimensional Problems and Failures in Multiple Dimensions”
– Hugo Marroux
Friday, 9th October 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Characterization of an electrochemical jet for bulk reduction reactions”
– Ryan McMullen
Friday, 25th September 2015, 4:30 PM, WS402

Summer/Spring 2015

Presentation Date/Venue
“Mysteries of bromocyclopropane (upstairs and downstairs)”
– Shubhrangshu Pandit
Friday, 24th July 2015, 4:30 PM, WS402
“A Talk for Dan”
– Michael Grubb
Friday, 10th July 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“How to make good tyres: a bottom-up approach”
– Daisuke Koyama
Friday, 3rd July 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“ICN and BrCN – it doesn’t work”
– Philip Coulter
Friday, 26th June 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Time resolved kinetic studies of the Criegee Intermediate unimolecular and bimolecular reactions using Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy”
– Rabi Chhantyal Pun
Friday, 12th June 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“High-resolution and contact-free spectroscopic approach to tissue biomechanics”
– Francesca Palombo, University of Exeter
Friday, 5th June 2015, 4:30 PM, WS402
“Modulation of light-induced electron transfer pathways by infrared light stimulation of intramolecular vibrations” – Theo Keane, University of Sheffield and Milan Delor, University of Sheffield Friday, 22nd May, 4:30 PM, WS402
 “Cavity-enhanced resonant photoacoustic and Raman spectroscopy for trace gas analysis and high-resolution spectroscopy”
Michael Hippler, University of Sheffield
Friday, 15th May 2015, 4:30 PM, WS402
“MD and QM/MM reaction modelling: An introduction & application to enzymes”– Marc van der Kamp, University of Bristol Friday, 8th May 2015, 4:30 PM
Acceleration of Reactions in Charged Microdroplets
Dick Zare, Stanford University
Friday, 1st May 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“High-resolution and contact-free spectroscopic approach to tissue biomechanics” – cancelled
 Francesca Palombo, University of Exeter
Friday, 24th April 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Mapping microscopic viscosity with molecular rotors: from live cells to atmospheric aerosols”
Marina Kuimova, Imperial College London
Friday, 17th April 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“The Dynamics of Opening Three-Membered Rings in Gas and Condensed Phases” 
– Barry Carpenter, University of Bristol
Friday, 10th April 2015, 4:30 PM, E204
“Laser driven chemistry of Criegee intermediates'” 
Joseph Beames, University of Cardiff
Friday, 27th March 2015, 4:30 PM, WS402
“Using time-resolved spectroscopy to study protein dynamics”
Samantha Hardman, University of Manchester
Friday, 20th March 2015, 5:00 PM, E204
“Fundamental Metal-Ligand Interactions and Gas-Phase Reaction Mechanisms Involving Metal Atoms and Clusters”
Alex Gentleman, University of Oxford“Multimass Imaging and Charged Particle Detection:  Faster, Brighter, More Efficient”
Simon-John King, University of Oxford“Photofragment velocity and spatial map imaging applications using the Pixel Imaging Mass Spectrometery (PImMS) camera”
Michael Burt, University of Oxford
Friday, 13th March, 2015, 4:00 PM E204
“All Aerosols, All the Time”
– Bryan Bzdek
Friday, 06th March 2015, 4:30 PM
“DNA + photon = ?”
– Katharina Röttger
Friday, 13th February 2015, 4:30 PM E204
 “Forming and Understanding 2D-IR Spectra”
– Samantha Gibbins
“The fragmentation of acetonitrile: looking towards a new CN radical source”
– Alex Fairbairn
Friday, 6th February 2015, 3:00 PM LT4
 “A Road to Electrochemical Ultrafast Spectroscopy”
– Ryan McMullen
“Understanding how nitrogen contributes to the gas phase chemistry of diamond growth by chemical vapour deposition”
– Katie Potter
Friday, 30 January 2015, 4:30PM E204
  “An investigation into the kinetics of atmospherically relevant reactions of Criegee intermediates”
– Lucy Blacker
“1-Chlorophenol, 2-Chlorophenol, Red Chlorophenol, Blue Chlorophenol”
– James Berry
 Friday, 23 January 2015, 4:30PM E204


Autumn 2014

Presentation Date/Venue
“How Do Liquids Work? – An ICN Case Study”
– Dr. Michael Grubb
Thursday, 25 September 2014, 4:30PM E204
“3-D Patterning of Silicon by Laser-induced, Liquid-assisted colloidal (LILAC) Lithography”
– Dr. Magda Ulmeanu
Friday, 3 October 2014, 4:30PM E204
“Homologation of Boronic Esters: Structural and Mechanistic Investigations”
– Dr. Stephanie Essafi
Friday, 10 October 2014, 4:30PM E204
“Theoretical Insights into Water Splitting: Current Applications and Beyond”
– Dr. Tolga Karsili
Friday, 17 October 2014, 4:30PM E204
“Probing Atmospheric Aerosol in the Field and Laboratory: New Science and Instruments”
– Dr. Justin Langridge (UK MET Office)
Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 2:00PM E204
“Direct Observation of the Structural Changes in Molecules After Photoexcitation: An Experimental Time-domain Approach”
Christoph Schnedermann (Kukura Group, Oxford University)
Friday, 24 October 2014, 4:30PM E204
“Probing the Ultrafast Photochemistry of DNA: A Case Study of Adenine”
– Dr. Gareth Roberts
(Physical & Theoretical Seminar)
Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 4:00PM LT4
“Probing Solvation: A Spectroscopic Study of Salt-water Complexes in Helium Nanodroplets”
Dr. Johnathan Tandy (Ellis Group, University of Leicester)
Friday, 14 November 2014, 4:30PM E204
“Time-resolved Interference-detected Second Harmonic Generation at Liquid Interfaces”
Dr. David Woods (Verlet Group, Durham University)
Dr. James Bull (Verlet Group, Durham University)
Friday, 21 November 2014, 4:30PM E204
Prof. Ruth Signorell (ETH Zurich)
Friday, 28 October 2014, 4:00PM LT3
Dr. Russell Minns (University of Southampton)
Friday, 5 December 2014, 4:30PM E204


Spring 2014

Presentation Date/Venue
“Rotational polarisation effect in the inelastic collisions of NO(X) and Ar”
-Dr. Balazs Hornung
Friday, 17 January 2014, 4:30PM WS402
Break for folks at RAL 24 Jan – 10 Feb
LABview workshop
Tutorial worksheet PDF:  LABviewTutorial
Labview library:  LABview_Tutorial
Example data file:  LabviewDataset
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 10:00-12:00 AM, QUEENS building room 1.19
“Something about Phenol, Probably”
Dr. Dave Hadden, Heriot-Watt University
“Something about Catechol, Probably”
Mitch Horbury, University of Warwick
Friday, 14 Feb, 4:30PM WS402
“Pulsed laser deposition of SrTiO3 heterostructures – approaching the 2D limit”
– Dr. Chris Bell, Senior Lecturer in Physics at Bristol
Friday, 28 Feb, 4:30PM WS402
“Ultrafast Deactivation Dynamics of Structurally Modified and Hydrogen-Bonded DNA Building Blocks”
– Dr. Katharina Röttger
Friday, 7 Mar, 4:30PM WS402
“Something about Conical Intersections, Probably”
Dr. Tolga Karsili
“Something about Propene, Probably”
Dr. TJ Preston
Friday, 14 Mar, 4:30PM WS402
“New plasmonic nanomaterials and optical applications: theory drives innovation”
– Professor George Schatz, Northwestern University
Monday, 24 March 3:00PM LT 3
RSC Boys-Rahman Award
“Broadband rotational spectroscopy applied to the study of the doublet pi states of PbI and SnI”
HansJochen Kockert
“Time-Resolved Infrared Absorption Studies on Ring-Opening Reactions”
Dr. Dan Murdock
Friday, 4 April, 4:30PM WS402
“New Tools for the Study of Single Molecule Chemistry at the Atomic Length Scale and Femtosecond Time Scale”
Professor Richard P.Van Duyne, Northwestern University
Monday, 7 April, 4:00PM LT4
RSC Stokes Award
“The Tale of Hydrogen and Cyanide: A Shakespearean tragedy that can only end with someone getting poisoned”
Dr. Michael P. Grubb
“Unimolecular Photoisomerization: Solvent Influence in scCO2 & FSRS Probing”
Ryan Kieda
Friday, 11 April, 4:30PM WS402
Bank Holiday Friday, 18 April
Mass Transport Dynamics of Aqueous Aerosol
James Davies
Friday, 2 May, 4:30PM WS402
RSC Chemical Dynamics Award lecture
Prof Dan Neumark, University of California, Berkeley 
Friday, 9 May, 4:30PM WS402
Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy for Single Aerosol Extinction Measurements
Michael Cotterell
Friday, 16 May, 4:30PM WS402
 Infrared driven reactions on gas-phase metal clusters: Chemistry of spectrally characterised entrance-channel complexes
Prof. Stuart Mackenzie (Oxford)
Tuesday, 24 June, 12:30 PM WS 402
Homologation of Boronic Esters: Structural and Mechanistic Investigations
Dr. Stephanie Essafi
Bimolecular and Unimolecular reaction kinetics of CH2OO
– Dr. Rabi Chhantyal-Pun
Friday, 4 July, 4:30PM WS402