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Department of Chemistry

 

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 affect us all, such as nanotechnology, sensors and molecular medicine. The other is atmospheric chemistry, where we study the interactions between chemical composition, climate and health, using a range of computer modelling and experiment-based approaches. Together, these interests form a richly interdisciplinary subject which spans the full range of scientific methodologies - experimental, theoretical and computational. Discoveries in this RIG have resulted in a number of practical applications in areas such as rapid DNA sequencing, high performance memory devices, accurate crystal structure prediction, and more effective monitoring of local and global air quality.

Research Themes                                

Atmospheric science

ArchibaldJones (R.), Kalberer, Pyle

Biophysics

Klenerman, Knowles, Lee, Taraskin

Nanoscience

S Clarke, D Jefferson, S Jenkins, D Klenerman

Physical Chemistry of Materials

Elliott, Forse, Grey, Jefferson, Jenkins, Jones (W.)

Sensors

Elliott, Jones (R.), Klenerman, Knowles, Ostanin                           Dr Neil Harris and Professor John Pyle receive NERC Impact Award

                                                                                                                   for their work on the effect of man-made gases on the ozone layer

Spectroscopy

Forse, Grey, Keeler, Klenerman, Lee

Surface science

Clarke (S.), Jenkins