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Dr Russell S Minns 

Royal Society University Research Fellow

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Dr Russell S Minns is Royal Society University Research Fellow within Chemistry at the University of Southampton.



Russell Minns graduated from Kings College London in 2001 with a 1st class honours degree in Chemistry. He obtained his PhD in the coherent control of Rydberg molecules from University College London in 2005 under the supervision of Prof Helen Fielding. Following postdoctoral positions at the University of Virginia with Prof Bob Jones and at UCL with Prof Helen Fielding he was awarded a Ramsay Memorial Research Fellowship in 2009. During this time Russell began to work with high energy and high intensity lasers for the study of molecular dynamics.

In 2011 Russell moved to the University of Southampton to continue this work where he is currently a Royal Society University Research Fellow.




Research interests

Our research focuses on time resolved measurements of chemical dynamics predominantly in the gas phase. More specifically, we use the time resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, High harmonic spectroscopy and time resolved Coulomb explosion imaging techniques to study the motions of the atoms within molecules that underlie chemical change and to monitor the molecular interactions with its surroundings. Many of these techniques rely on the use of high energy or high intensity lasers that remove the restrictions on observation window that limit the information available via conventional spectroscopy techniques. The new generation of techniques promise an unhindered view of the entire reaction co-ordinate allowing us for the first time to follow chemical reaction from reactants through transitions states to final products.

Further information can be found at Ultrafast Dynamcs Group.

Research Funding

2014-2017 “High harmonic spectroscopy as a tool for the study of photochemical reactivity”
£210k Leverhulme Trust  (Collaborative grant with Dr Adam Kirrander (Co-I) from the University of Edinburgh)

2012-2015 “UV pump XUV probe photoelectron spectroscopy: Development of a high harmonic generation based photoelectron spectrometer”
£149k Royal Society Research Grant

2011-2016 “Ultrafast and Ultrasmall: Molecular movies on the atomic scale”
£544k Royal Society University Research Fellowship


Research group

Computational Systems Chemistry

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Dr Russell S Minns
Chemistry University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:29/3023

Telephone:(023) 8059 3897

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