Measurements with numbers: turning phenomena into quantitative science
The Physical Chemistry Research Interest group has two broad but overlapping aims. One is to understand the properties of molecular systems in terms of physical principles. This work underpins many developing technological applications that effect us all, such as nanotechnology, sensors and molecular medicine. The other is atmospheric chemistry where the interactions between chemical composition, climate and health are studied using a range of computer modelling and experiment based approaches. Together they form a richly interdisciplinary subject which spans the full range of scientific methodologies - experimental, theoretical and computational. Discoveries in the research interest group have resulted in a number of practical applications in areas as such as rapid DNA sequencing, high performance memory devices, accurate crystal structure prediction.