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Craig Murray

Dr Craig Murray

Dr Craig Murray

Research Fellow

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Driving chemistry with vibration on multiple potential energy surfaces

Scheme: University Research Fellowship

Organisation: University of Glasgow

Dates: Oct 2008-Dec 2012

Value: £486,236

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.

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