The Physical Chemistry section combines experiment with theory to produce world-leading insight into molecular function over a wide range of time and length-scales.

Distinctive strengths include:

  • Ultrafast multidimensional laser spectroscopy
  • Time resolved electron diffraction
  • Photochemistry and laser spectroscopy
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging
  • Atmospheric kinetics and photochemistry
  • Theoretical and computational chemistry
  • Statistical thermodynamics

Our research addresses global challenges in areas ranging from biomedical imaging and drug discovery to materials design and atmospheric chemistry with collaborators from industry, the clinic and academia.


Professor Neil Hunt
  • Ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopy
Dr Martin Bates
  • Computer simulations of materials systems
Dr Martin Cockett
  • High resolution laser spectroscopy and theoretical chemistry
Professor Caroline Dessent
  • Photoactive molecules; laser-interfaced mass spectrometry
Dr Terry Dillon
  • Atmospheric kinetics and photochemistry
Dr Pete Edwards
  • Applications of molecular spectroscopy to the detection of atmospheric trace gases
Dr Meghan Halse
  • Hyperpolarisation techniques for NMR spectroscopy and MRI
Dr Peter Karadakov
  • Molecular electronic structure theory
Dr Aneurin Kennerley
  • Biomedical MRI
Dr Katherine Manfred
  • Aerosol optical properties
Dr John Moore
  • Spectroscopy and photochemistry in solution
Dr Angelika Sebald
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance and unconventional computation
Dr Seishi Shimizu
  • Statistical thermodynamics of complex fluids
Dr Derek Wann
  • Time resolved electron diffraction