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Professor Jeremy G Frey BA, MA, DPhil, FRSC, FRSS, M Inst. P,

Professor of Physical Chemistry, Head of Computational Systems Chemistry,PI and Champion of the IT as a Utility RCUK Digital Economy Challenge Area

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Professor Jeremy G Frey is Professor of Physical Chemistry within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.

An integrated and multi-disciplinary approach to research



Jeremy Frey obtained his DPhil on experimental and theoretical aspects of van der Waals complexes in the Physical Chemistry Labs, Oxford University under the supervision of Professor Brian Howard, followed by a NATO/EPSRC fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and University of California, with Professor Y. T. Lee. In 1984 he took up a lectureship at the University of Southampton, where he is now Professor of Physical Chemistry. His experimental research probes molecular organization in environments from single molecules in molecular beams to liquid interfaces using laser spectroscopy from the IR to soft X-rays. He investigates how e-Science infrastructure supports scientific research with an emphasis on the way digital infrastructure can enhance the intelligent creation, dissemination and analysis of scientific data.

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Research interests

The applications of linear and non-linear spectroscopy and imaging to the study of interfacial and nano-scale chemistry. Looking at the molecular organisation and chemistry of the air/water and oil/water interfaces, with applications to environmental (atmospheric) chemistry, biological and industrial processes.

The application of modern computer (web) science to the chemistry research process for experimental laboratory research and computational studies – “from the Laboratory to literature and back” as an illustration of the wider impact of the World Wide Web and Digital Economy on science and the citizen. 


I am an associate member of the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute – S3RI,

 and a member of the Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS) 

Co-Chair of the Computationally Intensive Imaging USRG:

Member of the Antimicrobial resistance network (NAMRA) with research on the use of Cognitive Computing – link is

PhD Supervision

Current students

Nicola Knight

Ed Jager

Matt Parsons

Frank Longford

Lee Steinberg

Jeny Fan

Samantha Kanza (Web science)

also see students with the joint Laser X-Ray Project joint with Bill Brocklesby, ORC

Post-Docs / Research Assistants

Steve Brewer

Naruo Yoshihora


Colin Bird

Richard Chapman

Fiona Bell

Cerys Willoughby

Company Links

Microsoft, IBM, Lonza, Syngenta

MPhil/PhD research

x-ray microscopy

High Harmonic Generation

Chemical Informatics & Semantic Web

Non-linear spectroscopy and imaging

Structure and chemistry of the air/water and oil/water interfaces

Digital Economy and IT as a Utility


Research group

Computational Systems Chemistry

Research project(s)

Frey: Laser spectroscopy

Frey: End-to-End Digital Support for Chemical Research e-Science Project

Frey: Ultrafast nanscale x–ray scattering

Frey: IT as a Utility

Optimal design of experiments for second harmonic generation in chemistry


Head of Computational Chemical Systems Group


Member of RSC Faraday Council
Vice Chair and Secretary of the Chemical Information and Computer Application Group(CICAG) committee
Member of the RSC Nomenclature Committee
Member of the RSC IUPAC Committee

Member of the Committee on Electronic Publications and Chemical Data Standards (CEPCDS)
Member of the Commission 1.1 The Green Book

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Year 1 Lecturer in Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 1008)

Year 2 Lecturer and Coordinator for  Equilibrium and Change (CHEM 2012)

Year 3 Module coordinator for and contributor to the Year 3 Atmospheric Chemistry (CHEM 3036)

Year 4  Data Intensive Science (CHEM 6128)

Coordinator and contributor to Year 3 distance learning CHEM 3025 (Phys. Chem.)

Year 3 and Year 4 Project supervisor

Year 2/Year 3 and Year 4 Summer intern projects

Professor Jeremy G Frey
Chemistry University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 27/2029

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