(More or less in reverse chronological order. Click on pics to enlarge (sometimes). Also pictures from before 2011.
some pictures of people (and things) in 2016
6 October: The fire alarm went off in Chemistry when there were undergrad labs on.
1 October: Today, Andrew Farrell joined the group, who will be doing ultrafast spectroscopy on liquids, nucleation, and phase transitions using OKE and hopefully aso some 2D-IR in collaboration with Neil Hunt at Strathclyde.
30 September 2016: Our brand spanking new Spectra Physics Spirit One laser was installed today. It's shiny...! This will be used by PhD student Finlay Walton in a microscopy set-up to manipulate chemical matter using spatial light modulators, optical tweezers, etc. in collaboration with organic chemist David France.
31 July - 5 August: Gordon Research Conference on Water & Aqueous Solutions.
5 July: The group was visited by Spain's Consul General on invitation by Mario. Here Mario is explaining the crushing of mosquitos...
3 June: I got to meet first minister Nicola Sturgeon. I was too embarrassed to ask Nicola for a selfie but I think Anton Muscatelli may have taken a photie on his phone. I did get a photo of School of Chemistry students Roberta, Oriol (Catalan independence supporter), and Josefa talking to her for a few seconds before been elbowed out of the way by a pushy academic.
15-18 April: We had a 72 houremergency accessto the Diamond Light Source. Here are Chris Syme, Judith Reichenbach, and Finlay Walton in the control room of beamline I22.
Chris about to check for radiation
Judith and Finlay in the beamline hutch
Finlay off to set a FKT around the Diamond synchrotron
23 March: Bob Hill's last ever lecture before retiring this summer.
18 January: Rob Liskamp on learning from Muffy Calder that the University intends to build a giant bridge through his (and my) lab...
8 January: Chris trying out his new lights from growing "chillies"
some pictures of people (and things) in 2015
18 December: Last Dynamics & Structure seminar of the year and D&S christmas lunch + pub extravaganza... (all today's photos by Mario) Finlay, Judith, Mario, and Chris in the office.
D&S seminar with Elliott and Mario.
D&S Christmas lunch
8 December: Neil Hunt (Strathclyde, Physics) opening our meeting of the Biomolecular spectroscopy & dynamics Cluster (BioC) on Tuesday 8 December 2015.
26 November: Final year project student Elliott Reedy explaining mosquito IR spectroscopy at a local meeting on disease vectors.
8 November: Talk at Sheffield-Hallam on Monday, good excuse to go running the 30km Edale Skyline in the Peak District...
4 November: Celebrating a new EPSRC grant with David France.
First time giving a talk with a phone + iPad...went OK.
Looking very suspicious at the poster session
21-26 June: Conferences, such as the 2015 International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy (TRVS) in Madison, WI, are always a dignified affair... Neil Hunt, Erik Nibbering, and Suan Quinn.
1 June 2015: We were joined by Finlay Walton, initially as summer project student for summer 2015 and in October as a PhD student. The summer project involves the study of mosquitoes while the PhD project will be on microscopy of phase transitions.
22/23 April 2015: We went to the Diamond Light Source for experiments on the I22 beam line on phase transitions in liquids
The synchrotron from above
Chris at the beam-line
There was bit of a problem: no x-rays... Nick Terrill and Andy
Chris setting up the sample cell at midnight
Load, aim, fire death rays!
Control room at 1:30am
Last target at ~4am.
25 March 2015: Judith's birthday.
27 February 2015: Our fancy new glove box arrived and is being set up by Mario and Chris.
some pictures of people (and things) in 2014
23 October 2014: Photo of a mosquito being analysed by near-infrared spectroscopy by undergraduate student Thomas Glew and postdoc Mario Gonzalez-Jimenez. Mosquito spectroscopy project involving Klaas Wynne (Chemistry), Dr Lisa Ranford-Cartwright (Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, GU), Dr Heather Ferguson (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, GU), Dr Francesco Baldini (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, GU) – spectroscopy of mosquitoes.
17 October 2014: Some photos from the lab.
Dr Chris Syme carrying out fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) on a cooled liquid sample held in a Linkam cryogenic microscopy stage.
Dr Gopa Ramakrishnan holding up a sample of cytochrome C to be studied with ultrafast spectroscopy in the UCP lab.
Dr Mario González Jiménez holding up a tube with mosquitoes. These are used in a spectroscopy project in collaboration with MVLS.
14 October: The newest group members - a collection of mosquitoes. Unfortunately (for them) they will have to die in the name of science...
19 March: Playing with the brand spanking new FTIR with Mario and Gopa
21 February: Today Dr Gopakumar Ramakrishnan joined the group as a research assistant to work on terahertz spectroscopy.
16 February: KW after climbing the North Buttress of the Buchaille
Updated version of We Love Chemicals
some pictures of people (and things) in 2013
10 December: Christmas hats with Mario and Judith
2 December: Today, Dr Mario González Jiménez officially started as a Research Assistant in the group. He'll be working on femtosecond spectroscopy of biomolecules.
15 November: David Turton has his first pint of Tennants to commemorate staying in Glasgow for 9 years. He is leaving for Shrewsbury, England.
15 November: Goodbye lunch for David with Tommy, Chris, Asia, Judith, David, Malcolm, and KW.
David looking a bit...neddy
15 November: Miles Padgett got us a REF2014 cake. It's an "output" in Phys Rev Lett with the title "Group earns cake for work on REF2014"
17 October: Ice climbing in the Snow Factor at Glasgow's Breahead
17 October: A Wordle of the titles of our REF2014 outputs (pdf version of REF Wordle).
1 October: Today, Judith Reichenbach officially started her PhD studies in the group. She'll be working on nucleation using femtosecond spectroscopy.
18-20 September 2013: Faraday Discussion 167 on Mesostructure and Dynamics in Liquids and Solutions was a sucess with a lot of (heated) discussion. The published volume should come out later in the year.
19-24 May: TRVS, the XVIth International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy (TRVS 2013) held in Beppu, Oita, Japan. Erik Nibbering and me in the train to Beppu.
Crap! Are we in the wrong place?!
The toilet is the hotel is fully automated and comes with its own computer. But what does it all mean...?
Weird Beppu-bay view from the hotel
On the summit. Slightly sweaty...
Steamed fish. With Paul Champion.
Paul, Shaul Mukamel, Dwayne Miller, and Marti Zanni
29 April: Celebrating triple grant success: Malcolm, Serena, and Klaas all got funded this week.
15 February: Second snowboarding course with the group.
some pictures of people (and things) in 2012
20 December: Christmas lunch with the Dynamics & Structure grouping including KW, Malcolm Kadodwala, Chris Syme, Calum Jack, Asia Mosses, David Turton, Serena Corr, Donald MacLaren, Eddie Cussen, Ben Toulson, and Grant Hill (click on picture for bigger version)
8-14 December: We went to Pune India to set up collaborative research activities with the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune. Below are Malcolm Kadodwala, Eddie Cussen, Chris Syme, and Calum Jack having a beer after our long trip to Pune.
Serena Corr, Klaas Wynne, and Goetz Bucher.
Dinner that evening. Malk would set a record of 16 consecutive curries eaten...
Tea break at the IISER Pune with me and Hans Senn
Poster session in the open. It was an almost pleasant 30 C
Group photo at the IISER Pune
We got to talk to 140 14-year old high school kids who asked really good question about science. The IISER is trying to attract these bright kids to do pure science rather than engineering. Here is Chris being adulated by a group of girls...
Particle physics? No problemo...
Chris undera photo of Raman. The meeting was in the Raman auditorium.
Group photo in Pune
Chris next to the IISER Pune logo
Afterwards we went to Mumbai for a day. Here's me sipping from a fresh coconut.
Part of the group at the Gateway to India in Mumbai
1 October: Dr Chris Syme has joined the group as postdoctoral fellow.
Also final year student Chris Gordon started his final year project in the group
21 August: Flying back over Bagdad
19 August: Climbing on Turahali boulders after the conference
15 August: Exploring Bangalore on the day off at the conference with David McCamant and Sophia Hayes.
14 August: The Raman plaque I received after giving a talk at ICORS in Bagalore, India. How cool is that?
Dinner in Bangalore with Colin Bain (click for larger)
7 August: The low-power femtosecond laser with optical Kerr effect (OKE) set-up and David Turton. New light scattering set-up built by David and Andre Büssow in the background.
High power femtosecond regenerative amplifier with IR OPA.
14 June: My pasteur pipette is larger than yours...!
1 June: First cool fluorescence microscopy pictures using the cooling stage. David Turton and Asia Mosses.
22 May: Yay, our new Zeiss confocal laser scanning fluorescence microscope is being installed.
21 May: Craig thinking deep thoughts in the lab...
18 May: Lots of chemists in the Brewdog Glasgow. Craig Murray, Malcolm Kadodwala, and David France. David Lennon in teh background.
Ben Toulson and Craig.
some pictures of people (and things) in 2011
14-16 December: The International Workshop on Ultrafast Chemical Physics & Physical Chemistry (UCP 2011) was held in Glasgow.
Below is a photo of all invited speakers (bigger version): Erik Nibbering (Max Born Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie, Berlin), Anthony Parker (Central Laser Facility- STFC RAL), Huib Bakker (AMOLF, Amsterdam), Villy Sundstrom (Lund University Sweden), David Klug (Imperial College), Klaas Wynne (Glasgow University), Dwayne Miller (University of Toronto), Michael Först (Center for Free Electron Laser Science, Hamburg), and John Tisch (Imperial).
Conference dinner with Erik Nibbering, David Klug, Martin Wolf, Steve Meech, Charlie Schmuttenmaer Dwayne Miller and his partner, and Huib Bakker.
Susan Quinn trying to convince Steve Meech, Charlie Schmuttenmaer, and others that Irish whiskey if preferable over Scottish Whisky... (and failing miserably)
Drinking gluhwein with Charlie Schmuttenmaer on George Square on the Saturday afterwards.
3 October: Ahmed Zewail (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1999) was here at Glasgow University to receive an honorary doctorate. Here Ahmed is standing next to Anton Muscatelli.
Afterwards, there was dinner in the principal's lodging on Professor Square.
11-15 September: The 2011 EMLG/JMLG Annual Meeting in Warsaw. Steve Meech and KW went to see Marie Curie's old house, which was pretty much unavoidable in the Year of Chemistry.
Asking questions sitting next to Steve Meech and Hideaki Shirota. Professor Meech appears to be...asleep!
Such a posh conference: they even had music (Chopin of course).
An Irish pub in Poland?!
Wojciech Gadomski, Bożena Ratajska-Gadomska, and Richard Stratt at the conference dinner.
Hajime Torii at dinner.
31 August: David Turton in the blue laser lab.
KW. There seems to be some sort of hand-waving theme going on...
22/23 August: Faraday Discussion meeting FD154 on ionic liquids in Belfast. Poster session.
David Turton giving his talk
Conference dinner (click for bigger version). From left to right: Chris Hardacre (QUB), Ruth Lynden-Bell (Cambridge), Mario del Popolo (QUB), Edward Maginn (Notr Dame), Hermann Weingärtner (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Athanassios Panagiotopoulos (Princeton), Margarida Costa-Gomes (Université Blaise-Pascal), Ed Castner (Rutgers), Austen Angell (Arizona State), and KW (Glasgow).
Ruth and Mario with the Loving Cup
26 July: Gordon Research Conference on the chemistry and physics of liquids.
ROW 1: Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Valeria Molinero, Itai Cohen, Debra Bernhardt, William Gelbart, Peter Pusey, Lyderic Bocquet, Mark Ediger, Peter Harrowell, Sarah Keller, Jerry Gollub, Eric Weeks, Gregory Mckenna, John Fourkas, Ranko Richert, R Astumian
ROW 2: Anil Thakur, Yael Elmatad, Katie Whitaker, Ditte Gundermann, Branka Ladanyi, Sadanand Singh, Zahra Fakhraai, Vanessa De Souza, Alenka Luzar, Jerome Delhommelle, Veronique Trappe, Jiayuan Luo, Austen Angell, Jonathan Doye
ROW 3: John Wheeler, Dieter Bingemann, Rene Corrales, Amish Patel, Sumit Sharma, David Huang, Brian Mazzeo, Kristine Niss, Daniel Sussman, Edith Sevick, Leticia López, Jessica Johnston, Lindsay Leone, Wenjuan Liu, Dario Corradini
ROW 4: Phillip Geissler, Alfonso Sepulveda, Davide Vanzo, Peter Kusalik, Rolando Castillo, Erick Sarmiento, Masahiro Nakanishi, Zuofeng Zhao, Gren Patey, Xueyu Song, Paul Voyles, Kai Zhang, Benjamin Landrum, Simona Capponi
ROW 5: Kenneth Schweizer, Thomas Bickel, Christopher Daub, Michael Hands, Patrick Varilly, David Limmer, Aaron Keys, Zane Shi, Liam Jacobson, Joseph Morrone, Caleb Brian, Joel Eaves
ROW 6: Robert Grisenti, Mark Taylor, Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann, Nicolas Giovambattista, Klaas Wynne, Ulf Pedersen, Asaph Widmer-Cooper, Markus Hoffmann, Erik Lascaris, William Krekelberg, Franz Faupel, Charles Powell, Elijah Flenner, Grzegorz Szamel
24 July: Dinner with Eugene Stanley in Boston. From left to right Gene Stanley (Boston University), a collaborator, Jiayuan Luo, three other PhD students, Erik Lascaris, Nicolas Giovambattista (Brooklyn College), Peter Harrowell (University of Sydney), Hajime Tanaka (University of Tokyo), Gregory McKenna (Texas Tech University, Lubbock), me. Click on picture for a much bigger version.
6 July: It appears that I am in (half of) Monteath Robertson's former office (and all of Lee Cronin's former office).
28 June: Wahey! The Coherent Legend regen is installed again.
21 June: Soren Keiding and Peter Vohringer having a discussion over lunch at theTRVS meeting.
Neil Hunt and Steve Meech
22 June: Meeting of the TRVS international organising commitee during Time Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy XV. Click on picture for a much bigger version. From left to right: Robin Hochstrasser, Roberto Righini, Wolfgang Zinth, Thomas Elsaesser, Shaul Mukamel, Peter Hamm, Huib Bakker, Keith Nelson, Martin Zanni, Marloes Groot, Tahei Tahara, Edwin Heilweil, Erik Nibbering, Jennifer Ogilvie, Terry Gustafson, Hajime Torii, Yasuhisa Mizutani, Steve Meech, Klaas Wynne, and Kei Tominaga.
Shaul Mukamel and Siva Umapathy
17 June: David in the orange lab. The laser will be installed here next week.
And in the blue lab. The regen should be installed here next week.
Prof Wynne planking on the laser table...
2 June: Official induction as professor at Glasgow. Professor Andrew Briggs, Professor Clare Knottenbelt, Professor Valentine O'Shea, Professor Christopher Pearce, and Professor Klaas Wynne
Shaking the hand of the Principal Anton Muscatelli followed by the deans of all teh faculties.
1 June: Science pub quiz in the CCA in Glasgow with Beth Paschke, David Jackson, Hans Senn, Goetz Bucher, and David France.
11 April 2011: Photo of our laser lab in the 1950s.
7 April 2011: Mike Ashfold wearing the Faraday medal (?) at the Faraday Discussion on Frontiers in Spectroscopy held in Basel 6-8 April 2011.
The traditional passing of the Faraday cup with Adriana Huerta Viga on the left.
18 March 2011: Went to the Robin Hochstrasser Symposium at Penn in Philadelphia to chair a session. Robin giving his talk on ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy.
Concluding talk by Robin
All the (former) students and postdocs of Robin Hochstrasser's that were present at the meeting. On the front row from left are Peter Tromsdorf, Bill Eaton, Robin Hochstrasser, Mostafa A. El-Sayed, Charles Harris, and Chuck Shank.
Click on this picture to get a bigger version.
Robin and Shaul Mukamel.
From left to right, Tim Lian, Rolf Diller, Robin Hochstrasser, Gnana, and KW (photo Rolf Diller).
Dinner in Le Bec Fin with Angus Bain, KW, and Feng Gai (photo Rolf Diller).
11 March 2011: The lab is almost finished. Here is a 30 second (sped up by 2x) video of the new laser labs (mov, 128 MB)
9 March 2011: Finally, time to move our stuff out of Strathclyde. David and KW.
Marc White in the nearly empty lab. A few big bits of equipment are staying because Strathclyde doesn't want to sell them to Glasgow University for a reasonable price. So, the ancient femtosecond oscillator is staying and three optical tables.
4 March 2011: Asia preparing a cryogenic sample in our state-of-the-art cold chamber...
1 March 2011: One last look at my old lab at Strathclyde where I started in 1996.
27 January 2011: partitioning pretty much finished. Laser lab 2:
18 January 2011. The first partitions are going up.