Professor Patrick William Fowler FRS

Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield

Patrick Fowler is noted for his work on the theory, modelling and computation of molecular properties, in which he uses tools based on symmetry arguments and graph theory to build predictive models for chemical problems. Areas in which his research has been particularly influential include: the calculation and interpretation of molecular ring currents, with wide application to problems of aromaticity; systematics of fullerene structure, stability and properties; models for the geometries of hydrogen-bonded complexes; in-crystal modification of properties of ions; a graph-theoretical model of molecular conduction, where a selection-rule approach offers the advantage of new insights on how connection pattern affects current.

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