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Richard Wheatley

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom


Dr. Richard Wheatley graduated with first class honours in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1987. He remained in Cambridge and, under the supervision of Dr. S. L. Price, gained his Ph.D. in 1990. There followed postdoctoral research with Professor W. J. Meath, of the University of Western Ontario between 1990 and 1992. In 1992, he returned to the UK as an EPSRC Research Fellow at the University of Durham, being appointed there as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry in 1994. In 1995, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry in the School of Chemistry of the University of Nottingham, and in 2003, he took up his current position as a Reader in Theoretical Chemistry.

Research Interest

Fundamental studies of statistical thermodynamics. We are developing the Nested Sampling / Energy Partitioning scheme to find the density of states, equation of state and phase transition properties automatically from an intermolecular potential. A new method for calculating virial coefficients of high order has been found, with much more favourable scaling properties and much simpler to implement than previous methods. This work has been the subject of highlighted and highly downloaded articles in Phys. Rev. Letts. and J. Chem. Phys. in 2012-13.

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