School of Chemistry



Congratulations to Professor Katharine Reid, our head of Physical Chemistry and Professor Ivan Powis who have been awarded a grant of €3.2m for their cross-national networking project, Angular Studies of Photoelectrons in Innovative Research Environments (ASPIRE).

Alongside Professor Reid and Professor Powis, seven other international partners are part of the project and networking grant:- Marc Vrakking of the Max Born Institute Berlin, Danielle Dowek and Laurent Nahon of CNRS in Paris, Caterina Vozzi from Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milan, Reinhard Dörner from the University of Frankfurt, Henrik Stapelfeldt from Aarhus University, Denmark, as well as two companies represented by Orla Kelly (Photek UK) and Ottmar Jagutzki (Roentdek, Germany).

The grant was awarded as part of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network scheme under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The Horizon 2020 research programme offers nearly €80 billion of funding to research and innovation projects in the European Commission Network.

The ASPIRE project involves twelve early stage researchers (ESRs) who will be recruited and trained in world-leading European laboratories in techniques and will benefit from secondments and unique training events. The research will enable the shapes and motions of individual molecules to be interrogated through measurements of photoelectron angular distributions. These angular distributions can be interpreted as electron diffraction patterns, achieved by “illuminating the molecule from within”. The grant will allow the ESRs to spend time with at least two of the project partners and to allow the ESRs and partners to attend regular network events.


Posted on Friday 26th June 2015

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