picture diary - pre 2011

(More or less in reverse chronological order. Click on pics to enlarge (sometimes).


21 December 2010. They have started demolishign the walls and ceilings in the space for the new ultrafast physical chemistry labs (click on picture for a 3000-pixel version).

Laser lab

29 October: Goodbye Strathclyde office

Hello Glasgow office

(Some pictures of the 2010 UoG lab refurbishment are here.)

11 August: David explaining our poster on jamming in salt solutions to Mark Tuckerman at the Gordon Research Conference on Water and Aqueous Solutions.

6 August: Dinner (and some drinks) in Boston with Duncan Graham and Karen Faulds.


5 August: At the Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy, they splashed out on a fancy dinner with steak and lobster just for my birthday.

Lobster dinner at the GRC on Vibrational Spectroscopy

23 May: Even when it's warm, it feels really really cold in Glasgow...

         Glasgow cold!

6 May: Neil and KW are celebrating a damn good day in the Pot Still.

16 February: Ian doing clearly very scary chemistry stuff...

5 February: Workshop on RTILs in Oeiras (Lisbon) from Feb 4th (Thursday) through Feb 6th (Saturday)(click on pictures for a larger version)

From left to right: Alessandro Triolo, José Nuno Canongia Lopes, Agílio Pádua, Isabel Marrucho, João Paulo Leal, Mario Del Popolo, Manuel Minas da Piedade, Simona-Maria Rusu, Natalia Pletchkova, Ken Seddon, Luís Paulo N. Rebelo, and José Esperança. Not visible: KW.

From left to right: José Nuno Canongia Lopes, Natalia Pletchkova, Simona-Maria Rusu, José Esperança, Ken Seddon, Luís Paulo N. Rebelo, Agílio Pádua, Alessandro Triolo, and Mario Del Popolo. Not visible: KW.

27 January: Some boring Apple event takes place across the street from Photonics West in San Francisco. Like anybody cares...

26 January: With Femius Koenderink in an icecream shop in San Francisco.

Mischa Bonn stealing ice cream from Ted Heilweil...

The Tedmeister

25 January: At Photonics West in San Francisco, Frank Hegman, David Cook, and Martina Havenith.

19 January: Marco Candelaresi in the physics department at Strathclyde.

18 January: Stefano Santabarbara doing some chemical stuff.

some pictures of people (and things) in 2009

11 December: We went out for christmas lunch. Stefano, Marco, Spyros, and Rafal:

Neil, Scott, David, Kirsten, Jean, and Amy:

24 Sept.: Marco holding a "giant" terahertz antenna to be used in the new set-up.

Marco Candelaresi

6-10 Sept.: KW was at the EMLG-JMLG Annual Meeting 2009 on Intermolecular Interactions and Liquid Structure at the University of Salzburg. This picture was taken by Prof Wojciech Gadomski


PhD student Johannes Hunger, working with our collaborator Richard Buchner at the University of Regensburg in Germany, received the poster prize. His poster was about our work on room temperature ionic liquids recently published in JACS (see serving nanoparticle soup).

Johannes Hunger

27 May: We went to IKEA to get a sofa and chair for the lab as well as some picture frames for the Ultrafast Wall of Fame.

21 May: We were allowed to move our stuff into the new lab. Scott's experiment table is moved out.

The new lab still looks huge and empty.

The table coming out of the old lab. It only just made it out past the wall.

David's laser and OKE experiment going out.

David Birch inspecting the new space.

Neil's laser and experiment is moved into the new lab.

Nearly finished.

New lab

May 2009: Neil, David, and Klaas went to TRVS in Meredith, NH.

Steve Meech in the breakfast room

KW and Peter Vohringer discussing supercooled water droplets in vacuum on the boat on which we had the conference dinner (picture by Andrei Tokmakoff)

Neil and Steve at the bar (picture by Andrei Tokmakoff)

30 April 2009: The laser lab just before we are about to move.

Ultrafast laser lab

January: The old supercondicting devices lab is being stripped for our new labs.

some pictures of people (and things) in 2008

30-31 October: We organised the International Workshop on ultrafast physical-chemistry (UCP) in Glasgow. A whole page of pictures is here. This is just a picture of the opening.

Participants at the UCP 2008 meeting held 30/31 Oct. '08 at Strathclyde


Afterwards, Charlie Schmuttenmaer and I went to sample some local colour in the East End of Glasgow.

And met some of the locals.

August: John Reevie build a canopy for Neil's 2D-IR set-up.

Laser canopy

12 August: Ian Stewart is at an Ultrafast course in Finland. Poor sod, has to work hard, eat strange food, endure strangely peaceful views...

Ian in Finland

24 July: Kitsakorn fixing the cryostat window

Kitsakorn Locharoenrat

26 June: Neil workign with his new ultrafats laser

Neil Hunt with femtosecond laser

June: Ultrafast in Stresa Italy. Here we (left is Erik Nibbering) are watching Holland destroying Italy.

Dinner was in a beautiful old hotel (click on pic for much bigger version).

8 May: Gregor had is PhD viva and...passed. Here's Gregor with the external examiner Gavin Reid in the Babity afterwards drinking a coke.


Prof Wynne has switched to cider like a big girl and is getting a bit...happy

14 April: Neil looks very excited after having received news that he had been offered a one million euro grant. He said that after receiving his EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, he was very excited. However, now he was even more excited. We went to the pub on the Friday after, where everybody was very excited.

Neil looking extremely excited

Being excited from left to right are Neil, David, Alex, Jenny, and John.


Wilf was clearly over-excited


8 April: David with the fancy new cryostat. The new experiments on inert gasses appear to be very exciting.


Slowly filling up with liquid xenon

Cryostat with liquid Xenon

5 March: David contemplating our new low-temperature experiments

David Turton in ultrfast lab

and KW wasting everybody's time posing for pics. Check out the fancy new cryostat though...

KW posing in front of new cryostate

29 February: Gregor submitted his thesis today.

We all went to the pub. Everybody is looking sad/weird because of the presence of a camera...

January 2008: KW went to Photonics West to give a talk. This is David Cook, a former postdoc of Robin Hochstrasser's, who has invented various new terahertz techniques.

KW visited Charles Schmuttenmaer at Yale and gave talk. We went to Charlie's favoured local Mexican for some food.

After the talk we had posh dinner with Pat Vaccaro and Victor Batista

some pictures of people (and things) in 2007

November: Neil and Ian went to visit Erik Nibbering at the Max Born Institute in Berlin to do some IR experiments. Here's a bunch of blokes (including Neil & Ian) looking on while somebody else does all the hard work.

September: Neil's rather scary looking glovebox is ready and used by Ian

May: Pictures from the 2007 Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy conference in Munich.

some pictures of people (and things) in 2006

August: Pictures from the 2006 Ultrafast Phenomena Conference and trip.

July: Pictures from the 2006 Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy

23 August: Gregor won the poster prize at Ross Priori (and the prize for the best talk last year!).

14 June: SUPA meeting. Here's a picture of Jason Crain (Physics/Edinburgh), Neil Hunt, and KW discussing hydrogen-bond network dynamics in N-methylacetamide.

25 March: Neil received an email saying "Dear Dr Hunt. I am pleased to inform you that you have been chosen to receive a chemistry advanced fellowship." Here is a picture of Neil looking very excited about getting about £1M:

Neil very excited

Dr Hunt's comment: "I am very excited". Then we went to the pub. Which was quite exciting, especially the thought that Neil might be paying for our beer. Alas...

Neil in the pub being very excited again

17 March: At the risk of suggesting that we are in the pub all the time, I managed to take a picture of Jan when we were in the pub this Friday.

Jan in Blackfriars

15 March:John Pendry was here to give a talk about negative refractive indices and all that, which was rather nice. In the photo below, all the way on the right, are our esteemed leaders: HoD David Birch and SUPA CEO Ian Halliday.

John Pendry

10 February 2006: We went to the pub. "We" in this case is David, Gregor, Neil, Klaas, and (shock horror!) Jan. Last I remember is somebody ordering Bruichladdich.


Pub 2

Pub 3

Pub 4

Pub 5

Pub 6

January 2006: Andy in the office.

Andrew Turner

When I (KW) work at home, this is my home office:

KW at home

It's a bit weird that JJ is not here anymore.


Gregor and Neil have been making nanoparticle arrays. Some of the slides shimmer under certain angles.

nano balls


December 2005: At the end of the month, Andy, David, John, Klaas, and Neil climbed Ben Ledi close to Callander. Here's a group picture taken in the car park when we left.

Group photo in car park

Not entirely sure if David understood that the camera has a wide angle lens... Below some pictures from the way up. Left Andy and on the right David.

Andrew Turner on Ben Ledi David Turton

On the left me a bit under the summit with John in the background. On the right, Neil, David, John, and Andy having lunch on the summit. Sadly it was baltic with the wind howling. Everybody's fingers froze off, so we decided to leave again.

Klaas Wynne on Ben Ledi Lunch on the summit

Somewhere on the way down.

Coming down Ben Ledi

Afterwards, we picked up Justyna and had dinner in a pub in Kilmahog, which was very nice.

Also December: Jan and Alison had been using the SNOM/AFM in the Wolfson lab for a while. This month, we got in on the action as well. Here's Gregor using the AFM in tapping mode and explaining some results.

Gregor using the AFM 1 Gregor using the AFM 2

Here is a nanosphere array that Neil, Gregor, and John produced recently.


This is a photo of masters student Richard Shanks, who has been working in the group for almost a year now. He has been studying protein folding and is now an expert in the transitions between random coils, alpha helices, and beta sheets.

Richard Shanks in the Ultrafast lab

Here is David Turton working on the oscillator in the lab and Neil Hunt in the Wolfson lab.

David Neil Hunt

October 2005: Link to animated gif of JJ in the office . Took some pictures of the femtosecond oscillator again as well:


Here's some pics of quite arty looking pipettes in the Wolfson lab:

Arty glassware More arty glassware

September 2005: Simulation pictures from molecular dynamics simulation of methanol. Movie of MD simulation of methanol (2.93Mb, .wmv).

Snapshot from molecular dynamics simulation of methanol

July 2005: Gregor & JJ made a flying visit to a terahertz conference in Erice, Italy.

June 2005: We went to the Telluride workshop on Nonlinear ultrafast spectroscopy in fluids in Telluride Colorado. Not many conference pictures because we were working so hard. Did have some time off though to do a bit of walking in the mountains. Here's a panorama of the Rocky Mountains:


Telluride is behind the mountains in the distance. On the left is Andy Turner. Aspen trees and Andy and Steve Meech descending a mountain:

Aspen Andy and Steve

Steve Meech on a path to a waterfall above Telluride and Steve sitting on a rock:

Steve Steve again

Close-up picture of the waterfall:

Waterfall in Rockies

June 2005: Cool science picture. To be precise it shows the cross contamination between RIKES and RIKOA. Balanced signal as 3rd dimension, x and y are retardations.

Science diagram

May 2005: We went to the TRVS conference at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD. See the TRVS page on this site.

  • 9 March 2018: Dr Mario González Jiménez wins the 2018 RSC Twitter Conference poster prize in the #RSCPhys category with https://twitter.com/magonji/status/970952685938757632
  • 5 March 2018: Our paper "Control over phase separation and nucleation using a laser-tweezing potential", Nature Chemistry 10, 506 (2018) (http://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-018-0009-8) just came out! See a write up at Un-mixing using lasers to make new crystals.
  • 2 March 2018: I am delighted to be able to announce that, funded by EPSRC, I have published a paper in J Phys Chem with a picture of a mayonnaise jar. See doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b01006. As promised, I will eat my hat with mayonnaise over the next few days.
  • 2 January 2018: "The Mayonnaise Effect" is the #1 most read article in JPCLett of the past month. See http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03207.
  • 8 December 2017: My paper "The Mayonnaise Effect" came out in JPC Lett. See http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03207. See also this short explanation of the Mayonnaise Effect.
  • 29 November 2017: We have a prestigious Lord Kelvin-Adam Smith (LKAS) 4-year PhD studentship on “Machine learning in spectroscopy” available for UK, EU, and international students. We will combine expertise in chemistry, spectroscopy, entomology, and computing science to apply state-of-the-art machine-learning techniques to the determination of traits in insects and the design of novel molecules for attracting or repelling insects. The application deadline is 12 noon, Friday 12th January 2018. Much more information at https://tinyurl.com/y927jhpo.
  • 27 October 2017: Wahey again! PhD student Judith Reichenbach passed her PhD viva today with her thesis "Structure and Dynamics in Ionic Liquids and Concentrated Salt Solutions: An Ultrafast Spectroscopy Study"! Thanks to external examiner Steve Meech, internal Steven Sproules, and convenor Adrian Lapthorn.
  • 28 September 2017: Wahey! PhD student Joanna (Asia) Mosses passed her PhD viva today with her thesis 'Phase transitions and mesophases in molecular liquids and solutions: spectroscopic and imaging studies’'! A thank you also to the external examiner Mischa Bonn, internal Malcolm Kadodwala, and convenor Justin Hargreaves.
  • 15 June 2017: Our paper "Spectrum of slow and super-slow (picosecond to nanosecond) water dynamics around organic and biological solutes" by Gopa Ramakrishnan, Mario González-Jiménez, Adrian Lapthorn, and Klaas Wynne, on the universally imhomogeneous solvation shell around solutes came out in J.Phys.Chem. Lett today. See http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01127. Should be freely available soon.
  • 31 May 2017: We got a paper out in JACS today "Phonon-like Hydrogen-Bond Modes in Protic Ionic Liquids". PhD student Judith's first paper in the best chemistry journal in the universe (... :-)) Also with PhD student Stuart Ruddell in David France's group, former undergrad Julio Lemes, David Turton, and Mario González. Download for free at http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b03036
  • 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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