You wait a year for a Dphil viva and then two come along within a month.... congratulations to Dean Sheppard on success in his DPhil viva. The examiners, Profs Andrew Orr-Ewing (Bristol) and Nick Green were impressed by Dean's development of novel optical-cavity techniques for the measurement of magnetic field effects in proteins.Dean takes up a number of stipendiary lectureships teaching physchem for Trinity and Magdalen College.
Congratulations to Graham Cooper on success in his DPhil viva. Graham leaves us for a postdoc position at Newcastle with Dr Nick Walker. Good luck!
More congratulations to Emrys and Daniel as their Flavin / Ascorbic Acid MFE study is published in JCP .
Congratulations to Emrys and Daniel and the wider CRT / PJH/ SRM MFE collaboration on the Nature Chemistry article describing chemical amplification of magnetic field effects.
A fantastic result for Mackenzie group Part IIs, Rhiannon Main (SEH) and Ed Barnard (SHU) both of whom gained 1st class Part II results in July!
Congratulations to all involved with the silver atom - rare gas VMI paper which has been published in J. Chem. Phys. which significantly improves the known dissociation energies for Ag-RG (RG = Ar, Kr, Xe) and for AgO
Like proverbial London buses, Imogen waits 2 years for her first paper and then two come along in a matter of weeks! Congratulations to her, Alex and Aras!
Congratulations to Imogen on her first publication - a study of collisional-induced cluster surface reactivity in collaboration with Prof Martin Beyer's group in Kiel, Germany
This paper illuminates the other component of the collaborative work on platinum clusters, discussing the structure of platinum oxide clusters as determined by IRMPD and DFT.
...on excellent Part II theses duly rewarded by the examiners. We look forward to welcoming Graham and Dean back in Michaelmas as graduate students. Good luck to Callum in the outside world as a patent lawyer.
Scott's Xe2 VMI study has been published in the special edition of Mol Phys dedicated to Prof Peter Taylor (distinguished theoretician and ex colleague of Stuart's in Warwick)
The use of EWCRDS to study the production of lipid bilayers via vesicle fusion is illustrated in this latest Oxford-Warwick collaboration.
Congratulations to Alex Hermes on his first publication, The Effect of Coadsorbed Oxygen on the IR-induced decompositoin of N2O on Rh5+ clusters in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. This collaboration with the Fielicke / Meijer group at the FHI Berlin is a further illustration of a cluster analogue of temperature programmed reaction which allows the investigation of reaction and desorption barriers as a function of cluster size and structure.
...Part II student 2010/11 on her award of a PTCL Prize (Accesserunt Proxime) for her thesis, Spectroscopy and Reactivity of Decorated Transition Metal Clusters. Also, congratulations to Robert Moffatt on his 2.i - no less of an achievement, we wish him well in his career in teaching.
...ex long term post-doc in the group, on his appointment to a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Fully deserved, we wish him well as he starts his independent career.
Congratulations to Simon Neil and Cathy Rushworth - their BBCEAS study of microfluidic droplets in situ has been published in "Lab on a Chip". This collaboration of the Mackenzie and Vallance groups further illustrates the versatility of supercontinuum BBCEAS.
Following Radical Pair Reactions in Solution: A Step Change in Sensitivity Using Cavity Ring-Down Detection
Velocity map imaging of dissociative ionization in Xe2 provides an exceptional example of the reflection principle clearly showing the nodal structure of vibrational wavefunctions
In a continuation of last year's work, our VMI study of Au-Xe complex dissociation is published in J. Chem. Phys.
After 6 PhD's, Suzy Hamilton is the first from the Mackenzie group to be awarded a DPhil. Congratulations!
in a new collaboration with Prof Andrew Ellis and group from Leicester, our VMI study of Li(NH3)4 photofragmentation has been published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.
Mathias and Simon's Tutorial Review of cavity-based evanescent wave spectroscopy ahs been published in Chemical Society Reviews
Another Oxford - Berlin collaboration, studying the structurs of gas-phase rhodium clusters has been published by J Chem Phys.
Another Oxford - Warwick Collaborative EWCRDS study, this time studying redox chemistry of immobilized cytochrome-c, has been published by ChemPhysChem.
Congratulations to Alex Woodham (Hertford), Part II student in the group 2009/2010, whose thesis "Spectroscopy of gas-phase metal-containing species" has won the PTCL Thesis prize.
Congratulations to Hayley Powell and Mathias Schnippering on their successful PhD vivas at the university of Warwick. They become the 5th and 6th students associated with the group to gain their doctorates.
New publication on the application of EW-CRDS to the adsorption of DNA on functionalised surfaces.
A new communication was published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. on the infrared-induced reactivity of N2O on rhodium clusters.
Two SRM group papers were published in the first week of 2010: a condensed phase cavity enhanced absorption study in Analyst published jointly with the Hancock and Ritchie groups and a J. Chem. Phys. Communication on the far-IR spectrum of gas-phase Rh8+ cluster.
Our velocity map imaging paper on Au2 is the Editor's Choice in this issue of Chemical Physics Letters.
New publication on EW-CRDS monitoring of polyaniline nanoparticle formation on silica surfaces.
Welcome to our new DPhil students Alex Hermes and Jing Li. Alex will be working on the metal cluster spectroscopy and VMI experiments, and Jing Li will be joining the cavity ringdown/cavity enhanced project. Alex Woodham will also be working in the the metal cluster lab for his Part II project.
View the publications list for an article on the electronic spectrum of vanadium monoxide.
Jing Li (currently an MSc student at Imperial College London) has been awarded a distinguished Clarendon Scholarship enabling her to join the group as a DPhil student in October.
View the publications list for an article in EJMS on niobium cluster rections with nitric oxide published as part of a Festschrift in Peter Derrick's honour.
View the publications list for our JCP article on the reactions of nitrogen oxides on the surface of cationic cobalt clusters.
View the publications list for details of papers on the interaction of Tris(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) with functionalized silica surfaces (in Langmuir), and DFT calculations on rhodium oxide clusters (Chemical Physics Letters).
Dan Harding passed his PhD viva on 12 December 2008 becoming the 4th Mackenzie group graduate. He was also awarded the University of Warwick "Best Thesis Prize" for 2008.
Dr Mikhail Mazurenka has accepted a position in Berlin. Mikhail has been a valuable post-doc in the group for nearly 4 years and the success of the evanescent wave cavity ringdown project is due in large part to his expertise. We are grateful and wish him well in Germany.
As of October 2008, the group is now in the PTCL at Oxford University.
Welcome to Simon Neil who joins us from Leicester to work on the cavity ringdown/cavity enhanced project.
New publications on EW-CRDS using a supercontinuum light source, the structures of oxides of small rhodium clusters, and observation of the assembly and dissolution of silver nanoparticle films using cavity ringdown. View the publications list for more details.