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Katharine Reid

Faculty of Science Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, Professor of Chemical Physics, Faculty of Science

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Katharine Reid is the Faculty of Science Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience. In this role Katharine works to share good practice and teaching initiatives between the schools in the Faculty, to disseminate University initiatives, to raise Faculty-level issues with the University, and to promote an excellent student experience. Katharine liaises regularly with Heads of School and Directors of Teaching and Learning, and chairs the Faculty Education Committee and the Faculty Student Experience Committee. As Professor of Chemical Physics, Katharine is based in the School of Chemistry where she continues to deliver face-to-face teaching and conduct research. Katharine obtained her BSc and PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Sussex, and then spent two years as an SERC/NATO Fellow at Stanford University, USA. Katharine has worked at the University of Nottingham since 1992, and has been a professor since 2007. Katharine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Summary

We develop and use laser photoelectron imaging techniques, including ultrafast time-resolved techniques, to investigate structure and dynamics in the excited states of small polyatomic molecules. Our… read more

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We develop and use laser photoelectron imaging techniques, including ultrafast time-resolved techniques, to investigate structure and dynamics in the excited states of small polyatomic molecules. Our ultrafast experiments are conducted with a unique laser system that produces pulses of 1 ps in duration, sufficiently short to monitor many intramolecular dynamical processes, but which have a spectral profile that enables the resolution of vibrational structure, and sometimes torsional structure, in small aromatic molecules. This capability, used in conjunction with novel methods of detection and analysis, has allowed us to quantitatively determine the coupling matrix elements that drive some of the energy redistribution processes in small polyatomic molecules. We are also developing techniques that enable us to use the photoelectron angular distributions derived from our photoelectron images to provide structural information on small polyatomic molecules.

PhD study topics include:

• Ultrafast time-resolved studies of the dynamics underpinning photochemical processes

• Determining enhanced dynamical information through laser-induced molecular alignment

More information on our research can be found at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/~pczklr

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