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Nicholas Besley

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom


Dr Nick Besley gained a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Physics at the University of Sussex in 1994. He obtained a Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Professor Peter Knowles, for the study of Coupled Cluster Theory. He spent the following two years as a postdoctoral research associate at The Scripps Research Institute in the United States with Dr. Jonathan Hirst. He returned to the UK in 1999 to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Nottingham with Professor Peter Gill. Dr. Besley was appointed to a temporary lectureship at the University of Nottingham in January 2001 and was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship for the period 2002-2007. In 2005 he was appointed to a Lecturership in Theoretical Chemistry. In 2007, he was awarded the Silver Jubilee Prize by the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society and was a Visiting Academic Research Fellow at the Australian National University. In 2012 he was promoted to his current position of Associate Professor in Theoretical Chemistry.

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Development of new methods in quantum chemistry; Modelling of excited states; Vibrational spectroscopy beyond the harmonic approximation; Solvent effects on electronic structure;Spectroscopy of nanotubes and proteins; Spectroscopy of molecules on surfaces

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