Scheme: University Research Fellowship
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Dates: Oct 2008-Dec 2012
Summary: My research continues to examine fundamental photodissociation dynamics in small molecules, in particular exploring the influence of non-conventional mechanisms that challenge current models of chemical reaction rates. The experiments involve the use of wavelength tuneable laser systems to electronically excite parent molecules and subsequently probe the dissociation products, seeking insight into the detailed mechanisms by which the chemical bonds break. In particular, I am interested in the roaming mechanism, in which the parent molecules only partially dissociate and make extended excursions at long-range before reacting to give alternative products. This mechanism provides multiple routes to the same products and impacts on modelling of fundamental chemical processes that play a key role in the chemistry of the atmosphere and in combustion.