EPSRC grant Dr Craig Murray on roaming reactions

EPSRC grant Dr Craig Murray on roaming reactions

Issued: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 09:37:00 BST

New Dynamics and Structure lecturer and Royal Society University Research Fellow Dr Craig Murray has won his first EPSRC grant while at Glasgow University. The £113k grant entitled "Roaming dynamics in photochemistry" will be used to study a novel type of photoinduced chemical reaction. The project will extend recent fundamental photodissociation dynamics research by seeking evidence of roaming dynamics in the photochemistry of small organic molecules. State-of-the-art velocity-map imaging methods, exploiting both state-selective and universal ionisation techniques will measure the correlated partitioning of the excess energy among the photoproducts, identifying and characterising the branching into roaming pathways. The existence of the roaming mechanism has profound implications for chemical reaction theory and the use of transition-state theory to calculate reaction rates. A deeper understanding of this mechanism, and crucially its generality, will impact upon modelling of photochemistry in planetary atmospheres, in combustion diagnostics and industrial applications.

Craig Murray in the green laser lab in the Ultrafast Chemical Physics group

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