picture diary

(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 2017

1-5 April 2017: Went to the JACS Editorial board meeting and the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. Last minute invite for a talk in the "Long Range Correlated Motions in Proteins" session organised by Andrea Markelz.

San Francisco

23 February 2017: Goodbye dinner for Gopa who is off to India. From left to right: Klaas, Mario, Gopa, Chris, Andy, Judith, and Finlay.

some pictures of people (and things) in 2016

16 December: Dynamics & Structure group christmas lunch

Christmas lunch D&S group

6 October: The fire alarm went off in Chemistry when there were undergrad labs on.

Fire alarm in chemistry

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.

Andrew Farrell

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.

Spectra Physics Spirit One laser

31 July - 5 August: Gordon Research Conference on Water & Aqueous Solutions.

GRC water 2016

Infrared movie taken by Phil Mason on YouTube.

5 July: The group was visited by Spain's Consul General on invitation by Mario. Here Mario is explaining the crushing of mosquitos...

 Visit by Spain's Consul General

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

The sample

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.

 Finlay, Judith, Mario, and Chris in the office

D&S seminar with Elliott and Mario.

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.

Neil Hunt opening BioC meeting

26 November: Final year project student Elliott Reedy explaining mosquito IR spectroscopy at a local meeting on disease vectors.

Elliott Reedy explaining mosquito IR spectroscopy

8 November: Talk at Sheffield-Hallam on Monday, good excuse to go running the 30km Edale Skyline in the Peak District...

Peak District

Muddy feet

4 November: Celebrating a new EPSRC grant with David France.

David France

6-10 September: The Joint European Molecular Liquids Group (EMLG) and the Japanese Molecular Liquids Group (JMLG) meeting in Rostock.

 The Joint European Molecular Liquids Group (EMLG) and the Japanese Molecular Liquids Group (JMLG) meeting in Rostock.

First time giving a talk with a phone + iPad...went OK.

Klaas Wynne talk EMLG Rostock

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.

Neil Hunt, Erik Nibbering, and Suan Quinn at TRVS 2015 Madison WI

Myself

TRVS 2015

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.

Finlay Walton

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.

Mosquito in FTIR

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.

Chris Syme carrying out FLIM

Dr Gopa Ramakrishnan holding up a sample of cytochrome C to be studied with ultrafast spectroscopy in the UCP lab.

Gopa Ramakrishnan

Dr Mario González Jiménez holding up a tube with mosquitoes. These are used in a spectroscopy project in collaboration with MVLS.

Dr Mario González Jiménez

14 October: The newest group members - a collection of mosquitoes. Unfortunately (for them) they will have to die in the name of science...

Mosquitos

19 March: Playing with the brand spanking new FTIR with Mario and Gopa

FTIR

21 February: Today Dr Gopakumar Ramakrishnan joined the group as a research assistant to work on terahertz spectroscopy.

Gopakumar Ramakrishnan

16 February: KW after climbing the North Buttress of the Buchaille

 North Buttres Buchaille Etiv Mor

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.

Dr Mario González Jiménez

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.

Good-bye lunch David Turton

David looking a bit...neddy

David Turton hoody

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).

REF2014 Wordle

1 October: Today, Judith Reichenbach officially started her PhD studies in the group. She'll be working on nucleation using femtosecond spectroscopy.

Judith Reichenbach

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.

FD167

Conference banquet

Klaas Wynne at teh Conference Banquet of Faraday Discussion meeting 167

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

The Yufu volcano I ran over.

On the summit. Slightly sweaty...

Proper sashimi!

Steamed fish. With Paul Champion.

Paul, Shaul Mukamel, Dwayne Miller, and Marti Zanni

My talk.

29 April: Celebrating triple grant success: Malcolm, Serena, and Klaas all got funded this week.

Grant success

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)

Dynamics and Structure christmas lunch 2012

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.

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.

Serena Corr, Klaas Wynne, and Goetz Bucher

Dinner that evening. Malk would set a record of 16 consecutive curries eaten...

 Malcolm Kadodwala, Serena Corr, Eddie Cussen, Calum Jack, Klaas Wynne, and Goetz Bucher having dinner in Pune

Tea break at the IISER Pune with me and Hans Senn

 Tea break at the IISER Pune with Klaas Wynne and Hans Senn

Poster session in the open. It was an almost pleasant 30 C

 Poster session at the IISER Pune with Serena Corr, Klaas Wynne, and Eddie Cussen

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...

 Cjris Syme at the IISER Pune

Particle physics? No problemo...

 Klaas Wynne at the IISER Pune

Chris undera photo of Raman. The meeting was in the Raman auditorium.

 Cjris Syme under a photo of Raman

Group photo in Pune

Chris next to the IISER Pune logo

Chris next to the IISER Pune logo

Afterwards we went to Mumbai for a day. Here's me sipping from a fresh coconut.

 Klaas Wynne drinking coconut juice

Part of the group at the Gateway to India in Mumbai

 Klaas Wynne, Hans Senn, Malcolm Kadodwala, Goetz Bucher and Calum Jack at the Gateway to India in Mumbai

31 October: Thomas Harwood, a PhD student in Elizabeth Ellis's group at Strathclyde is visiting to do some experiments on biomolecules with David Turton.

Thomas Harwood

1 October: Dr Chris Syme has joined the group as postdoctoral fellow.

Chris Syme

Also final year student Chris Gordon started his final year project in the group

Chris Gordon

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)

Colin Bain

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.

Orange laser lab

High power femtosecond regenerative amplifier with IR OPA.

Purple laser lab

14 June: My pasteur pipette is larger than yours...!

Gigantic pasteur pipette

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.

16 May: I feel challenged by ChemBark's Pro-Chemistry Ad Campaign. Here's my first shot (we love chemicals, pdf 5 MB).

We love chemicals

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).

 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). UCP 2011

Conference dinner with Erik Nibbering, David Klug, Martin Wolf, Steve Meech, Charlie Schmuttenmaer Dwayne Miller and his partner, and Huib Bakker.

 UCP 2011 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)

 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.

Ahemed Zewail in Glasgow

Ahmed Zewail

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.

Steve Meech

KW's talk.

Klaas Wynne

Group photo.

EMLG/JMLG Warsaw

Asking questions sitting next to Steve Meech and Hideaki Shirota. Professor Meech appears to be...asleep!

 Klaas Wynne, Steve Meech and Hideaki Shirota

Such a posh conference: they even had music (Chopin of course).

Rich Stratt.

 Rich Stratt

An Irish pub in Poland?!

 Irish pub in Poland

Wojciech Gadomski, Bożena Ratajska-Gadomska, and Richard Stratt at the conference dinner.

 Wojciech Gadomski, Bożena Ratajska-Gadomska, and Richard Stratt

Hajime Torii at dinner.

Hajime Torii

31 August: David Turton in the blue laser lab.

David Turton

KW. There seems to be some sort of hand-waving theme going on...

Klaas Wynne

22/23 August: Faraday Discussion meeting FD154 on ionic liquids in Belfast. Poster session.

David Turton giving his talk

David Turton talk at FD154

Ed Quitevis

Ed Quitevis

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).

Conference dinner at FD154

Ruth and Mario with the Loving Cup

26 July: Gordon Research Conference on the chemistry and physics of liquids.

 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.

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), Klaas Wynne (Glasgow)

6 July: It appears that I am in (half of) Monteath Robertson's former office (and all of Lee Cronin's former office).

Monteath Robertson plaque

28 June: Wahey! The Coherent Legend regen is installed again.

Installation Coherent regenerative amplifier

21 June: Soren Keiding and Peter Vohringer having a discussion over lunch at theTRVS meeting.

 Soren Keiding and Peter Vohringer

Neil Hunt and Steve Meech

 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.

TRVS international organising commitee during Time Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy XV

Shaul Mukamel and Siva Umapathy

17 June: David in the orange lab. The laser will be installed here next week.

David Turton in the orange lab

And in the blue lab. The regen should be installed here next week.

Prof Wynne planking on the laser table...

 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

 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...

Asia Mosses

1 March 2011: One last look at my old lab at Strathclyde where I started in 1996.

Old Strathclyde laser lab

27 January 2011: partitioning pretty much finished. Laser lab 2:

Laser lab 2

18 January 2011. The first partitions are going up.

Ultrafast laser lab

Also pictures from before 2011.

  • 19 April 2017: Our paper "Ultrafast 2D-IR and optical Kerr effect spectroscopy reveal the impact of duplex melting on the structural dynamics of DNA" came out in PCCP today. It's open access so download it for free. Collaboration with Neil Hunt and colleagues at Strathclyde and Paul Donaldson and colleagues at the STFC Central Laser Facility.
  • 1 April 2017: Started as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS)!
  • 17 February 2017: Our paper "Frustration of crystallisation by a liquid–crystal phase" came out in Scientific Reports today. Read more about this research: Frustrating liquid crystals and watch a movie about it on YouTube here.
  • November 2016: We are looking for somebody to join us as a PhD student to work on imaging and laser manipulation of nucleation phenomena. A great project on the border between physics,chemistry, and engineering.
  • 1 October 2016: Andrew Farrell joined the group as a new PhD student to work on ultrafast spectroscopy.
  • 5 July 2016: Spain's Consul General visits the group on invitation by Mario.
  • 6 June 2016: A number of places have taken up our press release. Exclusive: Professor Klaas Wynne On Decoding DNA Sound Bubbles & Human Life on HealthAim.com is probably the weirdest. Also Vibraciones y burbujas de sonido del ADN son esenciales para la vida shown on the homepage of SINC.
  • 1 June 2016: Our paper Observation of coherent delocalised phonon-like modes in DNA under physiological conditions was published to day in Nature Communications. See also Sound-like bubbles whizzing around in DNA are essential to life and a similar Glasgow University press release.
  • 11 March 2016: Tommy Harwood successfully defended his thesis today at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS). Tommy studied for his PhD under Elizabeth Ellis (SIPBS) and came to work in the UCP labs in 2012 to do terahertz spectroscopy of biomolecules and optical Kerr-effect spectroscopy of small biomolecules, proteins, and DNA. Although he is not officially our PhD student, in practice he did all the spectroscopy experiments under our supervision at Glasgow University. Check out our paper "Terahertz underdamped vibrational motion governs protein-ligand binding in solution" came out in Nature Communications.
  • November 2015: A £0.5M EPSRC grant “Mapping and controlling nucleation” was awarded to Klaas Wynne and David France in the School of Chemistry. The nucleation of new phases from solution, such as the nucleation of crystals, is of immense importance to both industry and fundamental science. Industrial crystallisation has changed little in the past 350 years and suffers from an embarrassing lack of control with sometimes unexpected and severe financial consequences. The new research programme will image and control the early stages of nucleation. Driving liquid systems very far from equilibrium will allow the creation of meta- and unstable states that will give rise to nucleation and spinodal decomposition. The subsequent highly non-equilibrium processes will be controlled using a novel instrument that will change the study of crystal nucleation and will make the first steps towards control over the polymorph that crystallises. It involves laser-induced nucleation using powerful picosecond and femtosecond lasers, and programmable optics.
  • 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 mosquitos while the PhD project will be on microscopy of phase transitions.
  • April 2015: UCP group members Chris Syme, Joanna Mosses, and Klaas Wynne win 2nd and 3rd price in College photo competition. See Technical photography competition 2015.
  • March 2015: Mapping and Controlling (Crystal) Nucleation. Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3.5-year PhD studentship at the University of Glasgow to study the chemical physics of (crystal) nucleation in the Ultrafast Chemical Physics (UCP) group in the School of Chemistry under the supervision of Prof Klaas Wynne. The PhD project involves (laser) microscopy and laser control of the early stages of nucleation in liquids. It involves laser-induced nucleation using powerful lasers and programmable diffractive optics. The new instrument will be used to carry out experiments that range from creating crystals of the desired type to shedding light on the origins of life. We are now looking for a PhD student who is interested in developing new imaging techniques including the use of spatial light modulators and interfacing a microscope with a high power pulsed laser. The ideal candidate for this position is a chemical physicist, physical chemist, or somebody with knowledge of optics or microscopy. The PhD student will be working alongside a team of postdoctoral researchers with experience in ultrafast techniques, chemical physics, and microscopy. More information and application details can be found here.
  • January 2015: Another exciting imaging paper out for 2015. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. has published our paper Order Parameter of the Liquid–Liquid Transition in a Molecular Liquid in which we use for the first time fluorescene lifetime imaging (FLIM) to study a liquid-liquid phase transition in supercooled triphenyl phosphite.
  • November 2014: Our paper "Crystal templating through liquid–liquid phase separation" has been published as an Advanced Article in ChemComm.See also The role of liquid-liquid demixing in crystallisation: icy fluff balls.
  • June 2014: Our paper "Terahertz underdamped vibrational motion governs protein-ligand binding in solution" came out in Nature Communications. The University published a news item Proteins ‘ring like bells’, which was taken up by Science Daily and a bunch of other news outlets. Strangely, it was also picked up by a creationist website who thought it was proof of design. The best write up was on an Austrina site Späte Bestätigung für Erwin Schrödinger? For the paper itself see here.
  • May 2014: Our paper "Stokes-Einstein-Debye Failure in Molecular Orientational Diffusion: Exception or Rule?" finally came out in J .Phys. Chem. B, see http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp5012457. It truely has the loveliest Kerr-effect/Raman data I have ever seen.
  • 21 February 2014: Dr Gopakumar (Gopa) Ramakrishna officially started at Research Assistant in the group. Gopa will concentrate on terahertz spectroscopy.
  • 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.
  • 1 October 2013: 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.
  • April 2013: Another EPSRC grant funded on "Solvation dynamics and structure around proteins and peptides: collective network motions or weak interactions"
  • October 2012: Dr Christopher Syme has started as a research associate in the group. He will be using confocal fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence lifetime imaging to study phase transitions in liquids.
  • May 2012: Fully funded PhD studentships in the Wynne group. Applications are invited for a number of PhD studentships in the Wynne group. Some of these studentships are part of the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation (CMAC).
  • 9 May 2012: Our paper "The dynamic crossover in water does not require bulk water" just came out in PCCP, see doi:10.1039/c2cp40703e. In a nutshell, it shows that you only need one water molecule to have bulk water properties (as long as that water molecule can form a water pentamer).
  • 18/4/12: The latest issue of PCCP (Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics), the top physical chemistry journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, is dedicated to such ultrafast chemical dynamics. The special issue was guest edited by Prof Klaas Wynne in the School of Chemistry at Glasgow University and his colleague Dr Neil Hunt at the University of Strathclyde. Special issue PCCP on Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics.
  • 12/4/12: Glasgow University press release Funding boost for Ultrafast Chemical Physics.
  • March 2012: Postdoc position in the group.See http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEF581/research-associate/. Apply online at www.glasgow.ac.uk/jobs(enter Reference Number 001765). Closing date:  29 April 2012
  • February 2012: The 2011 UCP meeting in Glasgow was discussed in the March 2012 issue of Nature Chemistry: Ultrafast chemical physics: In search of molecular movies. The future is ultrafast!
  • December 2011: The International Workshop on Ultrafast Chemical Physics & Physical Chemistry (UCP 2011) was held in Glasgow. Photos from the UCP2011 event here.
  • October 2011: The Ultrafast Chemical Physics group has won a £0.7M EPSRC grant to study liquid-liquid phase transitions using microscopy in collaboration with Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde. EPSRC grant for UCP group.
  • July 2011: We would like to cordially invite you to submit a paper to a special issue of PCCP on femtosecond spectroscopy entitled "Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics". Topics that will be covered include: * ultrafast dynamics of reactions in proteins * ultrafast structure and dynamics of liquids and solutions * ultrafast chemical processes at interfaces * ultrafast dynamics of electronically excited states * ultrafast atomic structure and dynamics in the solid state. The special issue will feature a number of invited overviews followed by contributed papers. The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2011. For more information, see http://blogs.rsc.org/cp/2011/06/29/pccp-themed-issue-ultrafast-chemical-dynamics/.
  • July 2011: the European Conference of Crystal Growth ECCG4 will be held 17 to 20 June 2012 in Glasgow.
  • 7 July 2011: the EPSRC-funded Coherent regenerative amplifier (producing 23-fs 2.7-mJ 800-nm pulses at a repetition rate of 1 kHz) has been reinstalled in our lab again. This is in addition to a new Coherent Micra-10 (producing 15-fs 800-nm pulses at 80 MHz).
  • May 2011: A Faraday Discussion on 'Mesostructure and dynamics in liquids and solution' will be held in September 2013 most likely in Bristol.The organising committee consists at the moment of Alan Soper (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory), Austen Angell (Arizona State University), Ken Seddon (Queen's Belfast), Stephen Meech (UEA), an Klaas Wynne (Glasgow University).
  • May 2011: The new ultrafast chemical physics laser lab is pretty much ready. Now all we need is some (working) femtosecond lasers...
  • 16 November 2010: New website for the International Workshop on Ultrafast Chemical Physics & Physical Chemistry UCP 201.
  • October 2010: Next Ultrafast Chemical Physics meeting (UCP 2011) set for 14-16 December 2011 at the University of Strathclyde. Confirmed speakers include Prof David Klug (Imperial College, multidimensional spectroscopy), Prof Andrea Cavalleri (University of Oxford, femtosecond X-ray science) and Prof Klaas Wynne (University of Glasgow, terahertz spectroscopy). In addition we have confirmed attendance of Prof Dwayne Miller (University of Toronto) as plenary speaker for the conference.
  • 2 October 2010: Positions. A lectureship (assistant professorship) in ultrafast physical chemistry is available. The ideal candidate would be interested in ultrafast femtosecond spectroscopy of the condensed phase or an allied area. Brand new lab space will be available. Ref: 00057-10, Closing Date: 29th October 2010.
  • 1 November 2010: KW's official start as chair in physical chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow.
  • August 2010: Our paper in JACS (described in Serving nanoparticle “soup”) has been cited 19 times on Web of Science exactly one year after its publication. It describes how using multiple spectroscopies, we discovered mesoscopic structure in room-temperature ionic liquids.
  • 24 March 2010: Our paper The effects of anion and cation substitution on the ultrafast solvent dynamics of ionic liquids: A time-resolved optical Kerr-effect spectroscopic study, JCP 119, 464 (2003) was selected as highlighted reference in the JCP Spotlight Collection on ionic liquids, March 2010.
  • 12 March 2010: Our paper Universal nonexponential relaxation: Complex dynamics in simple liquids was selected JChemPhys editors’ choice as one of the most innovative and influential articles in the field of Chemical Physics in 2009. See http://jcp.aip.org/jcp/editors_choices_2009.
  • 5 January 2010: Our paper Universal nonexponential relaxation: Complex dynamics in simple liquids was the 3rd most downloaded paper of J. Chem. Phys. in December 2009.
  • 5 August 2009: Read more about our latest paper in JACS in Serving nanoparticle "soup".
  • 4 August 2009: We were joined by new postdoc Marco Candelaresi.
  • May 2009: New ultrafast physical-chemistry lab is ready!
  • 30/31 October 2008: The 2008 ultrafast physical-chemistry (UCP) meeting was held at Strathclyde.
  • 10 July 2008: We were joined by new postdoc Kitsakorn Locharoenrat.
  • 23 May 2008: Our paper "Glasslike Behavior in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions" was selected "Editors' Choice" in the 23 May issue of the journal Science (PDF, 800kB).
  • 12 May 2008: Groups wins £0.6M EPSRC grant "Two-dimensional terahertz–IR spectroscopy: a unique probe of ultrafast hydrogen-bond dynamics of liquid water and model systems" by KW, JOK, and DJSB.
  • 2 May 2008: Strathclyde will host the "International Workshop on ultrafast physical-chemistry 2008 (UCP ‘08)" on 30/31 October 2008 to be held in the Senate/Court suite. Plenary speaker is Prof Robin Hochstrasser FRSE (University of Pennsylvania). Confirmed invited speakers are Prof Casey Hynes (CNRS, Paris and University of Colorado, Boulder), Prof Charles Schmuttenmaer (Yale), Prof Majed Chergui (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Prof Mischa Bonn (AMOLF, Amsterdam), Prof Peter Hamm (University of Zurich), and Prof Thomas Elsaesser (Max Born Institute, Berlin). The workshop is organised by Angus J. Bain (UCL), David Klug (Imperial), Steve Meech (UEA), Neil Hunt (Strathclyde), and Klaas Wynne (Strathclyde).
  • 24 April 2008: Our paper "Glasslike Behavior in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions" came out in J. Chem. Phys. A summary of the paper in simple terms (best attempt anyway) is on the page The science of syrup and traffic jams.
  • 4 March 2008: Visiting professor Robin Hochstrasser of the University of Pennsylvania has been elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. This is a prestigious fellowship for scientists of great international renown and we are delighted that Robin has been honoured in this way.
  • 18 March 2007: New paper in JACS on terahertz spectra associated with a helix to coil transition in a peptide. Read more about it in the research highlight Observing ‘The Lubricant of Life’
  • 10 January 2007: New paper on terahertz emission from nanostructured surfaces has come out in PRL. Read more about it in the research page on terahertz technology.

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“Terahertz underdamped vibrational motion governs protein-ligand binding in solution”, Nature Comm. 5, 3999 (2014)

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