Fundamental chemical processes and interactions

The fundamental molecular processes are what underlies all chemistry. Our research includes fundamental surface reactions and interactions, the development of new theoretical methodologies, single molecule spectroscopy with applications in biological imaging and photochemistry of nano materials, reaction mechanisms, sensitivity enhancement for NMR spectroscopy.

Our researchers:

Professor Wendy Brown

WendyOur research investigates various aspects of adsorption and reaction on surfaces. The most recent work of our group focuses on using surface science techniques to study reactions on grain surfaces in space. In particular we look at surface processes that are relevant to star forming regions such as the interstellar medium (ISM).

For more information visit the Brown Lab website.

Dr Qiao Chen

Qiao Chen

Application of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.

For more information visit the Chen Lab website.

Professor Hazel Cox

Hazel Cox

Computational/Theoretical Inorganic Chemistry: 
Structure, Reactivity and Spectroscopy of Multiply Charged Metal-Ligand Complexes.

For more information visit the Cox Lab website.


Dr Iain Day

Iain Day

Research in the Day laboratory focuses on the development and application of magnetic resonance methods to probe molecular association and aggregation processes.

For more information visit the Day Lab website.

Dr Mark Osborne

Mark OsbourneResearch in our lab focuses on the development and application of ultra-sensitive optical techniques for the detection and manipulation of single molecules.

For more information visit the Osborne Lab website.

Dr Alfredo Vargas

Alfredo VargasOur research group aims to design and investigate molecules with novel and interesting properties. In particular we are interested in boron-containing compounds and iron(II) and cobalt(II) transition metal complexes. We employ modern computational chemistry techniques, taking advantage of their well established predictive and descriptive capabilities. Our broader interests include functional materials, catalysis, energy storage and medicinal chemistry. In parallel we also pursue research on computational methodology improvement, particularly on the inclusion of the so-called non-dynamic electron correlation. We also collaborate intensively with experimental research groups, providing fundamental insights that are experimentally unobtainable, in order to guide their experiments and to fully understand their results.

For more information visit the Vargas Lab website.