Research

Ultrafast Chemical Physics: Applications of photon-echo 2D-IR spectroscopy to examine photochemical processes in real time. This project exploits the high time resolution and unique structural information obtainable from 2D-IR spectroscopy to gain new insights into the processes that govern solution-phase dynamics.

Dynamics and Reactivity of the [FeFe] hydrogenase enzyme system: In collaboration with the group of Chris Pickett at the University of East Anglia, we are employing ultrafast transient 2D-IR, 2D-IR and TRIR spectroscopy to investigate the structure, dynamics and reactivity of model systems of the active site of these enzymes. Interest in these systems is driven by the fact that the hydrogenases catalyse the activation of molecular hydrogen and as such synthetic materials based upon them have signicant potential for use as new catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells.

Ultrafast Biophysics: In collaboration with the group of Nick Tucker (SIPBS) and Martin Walsh (Diamond Light Source) we are combining static structural measurements with ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopy to study the bacterial NO sensing process. This exciting cross-disciplinary project has just yielded its rst publication (see news).

 Self Assembled Nanosystems: Using ultrafast spectroscopy methods to investigate the processes involved in self-assembled hydrogel formation. In collaboration with the group of Rein Ulijn, we are investigating the molecular dynamics and fundamental physical processes that control these exciting nanomaterials.

For more information or enquiries regarding PhD studentships contact Neil Hunt or go to our vacancies page

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