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Timothy Wright

University of Nottingham
United Kingdom


Prof. Tim Wright obtained his BSc(Double Hons) in Chemistry and Mathematics from Southampton University in 1988, and his PhD in Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Metal-containing Species in 1991. He moved to Munich in 1991 having won a Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship, and then to The Ohio State University in 1993 having won an Ohio State University Research Fellowship. In 1995 he returned to Southampton having obtained a Lloyds Tercentenary Fellowship; in 1997 he won an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship. He moved to Sussex in 1999 and became a Senior Lecturer before leaving in August 2004, moving to University of Nottingham as a Reader in Physical Chemistry, and is now Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry.

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Laser electronic (REMPI) spectroscopy of radicals and molecular complexes in free jet expansions; laser photoelectron ZEKE spectroscopy of radical and molecular complexes (NO-X, metal-X); REMPI and ZEKE spectroscopy of substituted benzenes; application of high-level ab initio and density functional methods to molecular complexes and radicals to calculate structure, spectroscopy and thermodynamics (using statistical mechanics); physical and chemical bonding in small metal-containing molecular complexes; calculating structures and thermodynamics of radicals and molecular complexes involved in the chemistry of the upper atmosphere. Ion mobility spectrometry - calculating likely structures of observed species, and of mobilities and diffusion coefficients from ab initio calculated data.

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