Research in the Dynamics & Structure grouping

Research in the Dynamics & Structure grouping

ultrafast research discussion in labResearch in the D&S group addresses the physical aspects of chemistry and the chemical aspects of physics. The group is well funded with about £3.5M in current research grants from EPSRC and other funding agencies as well as  funding for facilities access through STFC. 

The D&S group is particularly strong in spectroscopy ranging from single molecules to plasmonics and from ultrafast (femtoseconds) to the ultraslow (kiloseconds). These techniques are used to study a range of exciting chemical problems such as fundamental chemical-reaction dynamics, biomolecular dynamics, soft matter (goo), and the interaction of plasmonics with chiral molecules. However, we are not content to only passively studying chemical matter and are developing techniques for actively manipulating matter.

Research in the D&S group is fundamental while addressing global challenges. Technologies are being developed to aid future manufacturing, for example, through research on continuous manufacturing and crystallisation, the development of (chiroptical) sensors, and laser techniques for manufacturing and manipulation. Energy technologies involve, for example, ionic liquids as electrolytes for fuel cells and batteries and synthetic photosynthetic constructs. The work on sensors has additional applications to healthcare technologies (online detection) and addressing global uncertainties through spectroscopic detection of chemicals.

The D&S group has extensive international research contacts in the US, Japan, and throughout Europe. We are actively organising international research conferences and our work has led to a string of publications in some of the top journals in chemistry and general science such as Angewandte, ChemComm, JACS, Nano Letters, Nature Communications, Nature Nanotechnology, and PRL.


Key external partnerships are with:

  • Duncan Graham (Chemistry, Strathclyde)
  • Fabio Bruni (Dipartimento di Fisica "E. Amaldi", U. di Roma Tre)
  • Francesco Mallamace (Dipartimento di Fisica, U. di Messina and MIT)
  • Glen Hefter (Murdoch U., W.A.)
  • Hajime Tanaka (U. Tokyo)
  • Hiromi Okamoto (IMS, Japan)
  • Jan Sefcik (ChemEng, Strathclyde)
  • Jasper Knoester  (U. of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Ken Seddon (Queen's U. Belfast)
  • Libai Huang (Purdue U., USA)
  • Markus Walther (U. Freiburg, Germany)
  • Maxim Fedorov (Physics, Strathclyde)
  • Neil Hunt (Physics, Strathclyde)
  • Richard Buchner (U. Regensburg, Germany)
  • Sasha Govorov (U. of Ohio)
  • Vince Rotello (UMASS)
  • Wolfram Sander (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)

as well as facilities such as:

  • Diamond Light Source (DLS)
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) including ISIS

We have existing collaborations with the following at Glasgow University:

  • Brian Smith (IMCSB)
  • Donald Maclaren (Physics)
  • Francesco Baldini (IBAHCM)
  • Heather Ferguson (IBAHCM)
  • Jon Cooper (Engineering)
  • Lisa Ranford-Cartwright (IIII)
  • Miles Padgett (Physics)
  • Nikolaj Gadegaard (Engineering)
  • Richard Cogdell (IMCSB)
  • Robert stamps (Physics)