Picture diary - pre 2014

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

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.


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.


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


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.

  • 2 October 2023: New PhD student Laure-Anne Hayes started today. She will start out working on some interesting cross-over between between molecular and soft-matter physics.
  • 24 January 2023: A press release on our NatComm paper came out: SCIENTISTS OPEN NEW WINDOW ON THE PHYSICS OF GLASS FORMATION
  • 16 January 2023: Our paper "Understanding the emergence of the boson peak in molecular glasses" has come out in NatureComms https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-35878-6. Most mysterious aspect of glass transition is the boson peak: a small effect but reflection of supramolecular structures responsible for formation of glass instead of crystal. Widely studied but poorly observed as obscured by other contributions. We used symmetry to get clean view of boson peak in tetrabutyl orthosilicate using Raman, a pre-peak in SAXS/WAXS, and boson peak in calorimetry. MD simulations (constrained by experiments) show boson peak caused by clusters of over-coordinated molecules.This opens way to investigation of detailed changes behaviour boson-peak & glasses in general as function temperature, pressure, fragility, & other physicochemical parameters. Fantastic collaboration with Gabriele Sosso (@SossoGroup) & PhD student Trent Barnard who did MD (@warwickchem) and the late Paul McMillan (@UCLChemistry). OKE by @magonji , rheology/DSC Ben Russell & undergrad Laure-Anne Hayes, DFT Nikita Tukachev & Hans Senn (@UofGChem),NMR Uroš Javornik & Gregor Mali (@kemijski ), SAXS/WAXS at the @DiamondLightSou with @evilokapi & Martin Wilding (@ChemistryCU), & calorimetry by Motohiro Nakano & Yuji Miyazaki (@ScienceOU).With funding from @ERC_Research#AdG, @LeverhulmeTrust , @DiamondLightSou , @EPSRC , @ARRS_rfo , HPC Midlands+ ConsortiumThe molecules were serendipitously "discovered" (in the @SigmaAldrich catalogue) by PhD student Andy Farrell & undergrad @NotchSg in 2019.
  • 20 Sep 2022: Warm welcome to postdoc Dr. Ankita Das (PhD @TIFRScience & briefly @UofIllinois ) who will be working on laser-induced crystal nucleation funded by our ERC AdG CONTROL. She already has broad range of skills from synthesis to ultrafast lasers and plasmonics.
  • 8 August 2022: Met with the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Karol van Oosterom to talk about scientific cooperation between Scotland and the Netherlands
  • 27 June 2022: Our research on malaria and spectroscopy was featured on BBC Arabic Science programme
  • 7 April 2022: Zhiyu’s lovely paper on the role of metastable amorphous intermediates in laser-induced nucleation has come out (ASAP) in JACS https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jacs.1c11154 Laser-induced nucleation was first discovered in 1996 but never properly explained. We previously thought that it might be related to liquid-liquid phase separation. Now, in glycine at least, we have found that the key step is the formation of amorphous particles, which when touched by a laser trigger the nucleation of crystals. The preponderance of gamma glycine over alpha glycine in our experiments suggests that the laser action is through the Kerr effect. There are plenty of reasons to believe that both amorphous particle formation and its role in nucleation (laser induced or otherwise) are much more common, so expect to hear more about this sort of thing…
  • 3 February 2022: Former PhD student Andrew Farrell passed his viva this morning with only minor corrections. Thanks to external Steve Meech (UEA Chemistry ) and internal Gordon Hedley.
  • 16 June 2021: In our publication in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics,  23, 13250 – 13260 (2021), we use femtosecond optical Kerr-effect spectroscopy to determine the low-frequency Raman spectra of nucleotides and oligomeric DNAs with unrivalled dynamic range and signal-to-noise. These samples were carefully chosen to form G-quadruplexes, structures formed by four strands of DNA, under the appropriate conditions. We find that the G-quadruplexes exhibit a highly unusual group of gigahertz to terahertz highly underdamped delocalised vibrational modes. As these modes are near kBT/h at room temperature, they are expected to be the thermally excited modes required to understand the interaction of DNA with proteins. This provides a new perspective on the role of low-frequency vibrational modes in the biological function of DNA.
  • 13 April 2020: Just accepted in JACS, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.0c01712, shows why liquid-liquid transitions happen: competition between different local molecular packings resembling crystal polymorphs results in transition from geometric frustration to kinetic frustration. Funded by @ERC_Research, @EPSRC, @LeverhulmeTrust, and @DiamondLightSou. So many contributions: PhDs @finlaywalton, John Bolling and Andy Farrell, RAs @heschemistrypro and @magonji, as well as Claire Wilson, Hans Senn, Gianfelice Cinque. And @UofGChem BSc undergrad Jamie McEwen who serendipitously found key that solved the mystery. And last but not least, our first ever crystal structure in the CCDC. F. Walton, J. Bolling, A. Farrell, J. MacEwen, C. Syme, M. González Jiménez, H. Senn, C. Wilson, G. Cinque, and K. Wynne, ‘Polyamorphism mirrors polymorphism in the liquid–liquid transition of a molecular liquid’, ChemRxiv (https://dx.doi.org/10.26434/chemrxiv.9891491.v2) and J. Am. Chem. Soc. in press (2020).
  • 13 January 2020: We have a PhD positionin Chemistry for UK/EU nationals – Laser control over crystal nucleation – Closing Date: 1 April 2020
  • 10 December 2019: Congratulations to Finlay Walton who passed his PhD viva today with minor corrections. Thanks to external Andy Alexander and internal Adrian Lapthorn.
  • 4 October 2019: Finlay's paper "Using optical tweezing to control phase separation and nucleation near a liquid–liquid critical point" came out in Soft Matter, see https://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C9SM01297D.
  • 16 September 2019: Our new paper "Prediction of mosquito species and population age structure using mid-infrared spectroscopy and supervised machine learning" has come out in Welcome Open Research 4, 76 (2019) doi: 0.12688/wellcomeopenres.15201.3 feauturing an international author list: Mario González Jiménez, Simon A. Babayan, Pegah Khazaeli1, Margaret Doyle, Finlay Walton, Elliott Reedy, Thomas Glew, Mafalda Viana, Lisa Ranford-Cartwright, Abdoulaye Niang, Doreen J. Siria, Fredros O. Okumu, Abdoulaye Diabaté, Heather M. Ferguson, Francesco Baldini, Klaas Wynne.
  • 11 July, 2019: The School of Chemistry has a lectureship (assistant prof.) position in Physical Chemistry, see https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BTM762/lecturer-in-physical-chemistry …. The applicant’s research should strategically align with that of the Chemical Photonics Group (https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/chemistry/research/cp/ …). Closing date: 1 August 2019.
  • 19 June, 2019: We have two postdoctoral position available now funded by the five-year European Research Council (ERC) funded project Laser Control over Crystal Nucleation (CONTROL), which aims to develop a novel platform for the manipulation of phase transitions, crystal nucleation, and polymorph control based on optical tweezing and plasmonic tweezing.  Closing Date: 12 August 2019. More details here.
  • 3 June 2019: A polarisation microscopy photo of a new polymorph of a molecular crystal growing into another polymorph won the EPSRC Science Photo Competition Eureka & Discovery category. Photo by @finlaywalton Manuscript in preparation... Research funded by @EPSRC
  • 28 March 2019: KW has been awarded a €2.49M European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant: CONTROL - Laser control over crystal nucleation. We will use sophisticated light sources to “pull” crystals out of solution, control their properties, and thereby enable new applications in the pharmaceutical industry and elsewhere. See https://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-2018-advanced-grants-results
  • 28 January 2019: Maternity cover job opening (in principle 6 months), Editorial Support Assistant to assist KW as JACS associate editor, linked to the University of Glasgow, part time, see https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BPT274/editorial-support-assistant
  • 22 December, 2018: Our mosquito work made it into the christmas (22 December 2018) issue of The Economist. Fraunhofer lines?!?! Anyway, the gist is about right and at least they mention Mario González Jiménez and Fredros Okumu.
  • 29 November 2018: Today we were awarded a Leverhulme Research Project Grant, 'Delocalised phonon-like modes in organic and bio-molecules', jointly with Adrain Lapthorn and Hans Senn. This will fund our experimental work on delocalised modes in proteins and DNA as well as novel MD simulations.
  • 1 October 2018: Delighted that today Josh Mitton is starting on a joint machine learning PhD project with Roderick Murray-Smith and Francesco Baldini (and unofficially but no less importantly Roman Biek, Simon Babayan, Lisa Ranford-Cartwright, Heather Ferguson, Adrian Lapthorn, and Simon Rogers)
  • 2 August 2018: Judith's nice paper "Frustration vs Prenucleation: Understanding the Surprising Stability of Supersaturated Sodium Thiosulfate Solutions" came out in JPC B http://dx.doi.org/0.1021/acs.jpcb.8b04112
  • 8 May 2018: KW is given the 2018 Chemical Dynamics Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry for outstanding contributions to time-resolved spectroscopy. 
  • 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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