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Dr Russell Minns 

Associate Professor (From Royal Society University Research Fellow)

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Russell Minns is an Associate Professor within the School of Chemistry at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on time resolved spectroscopy of photochemical processes in the gas and solution phase, with a particular emphasis on the use of advanced light sources for novel spectroscopies.

We are fascinated by photochemistry and how molecules react to the light they absorb. In order to understand what happens we use laser pulses with ultrashort durations to capture the motion of molecules in real time.

Russell graduated with a first-class degree in Chemistry from Kings College London in 2001. He then worked with Professor Helen Fielding on Rydberg molecules obtaining his PhD in 2005. Following postdoctoral positions at the University of Virginia and UCL he was awarded a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship in 2009. In 2011 he moved to the University of Southampton to begin a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and in 2019 he was promoted to Associate Professor.

MSci, Chemistry, Kings College London, 2001

PhD, UCL 2005

Research interests

Our research focuses on the study of photochemistry and how molecules react to the absorption of UV light. To understand the various processes that occur and what control the outcome of a given reaction we use time resolved spectroscopy measurements. The spectroscopy measurements allow us to follow changes in the arrangement of the atoms and electrons within molecules as they react. We exploit a wide range of light sources that allow us to cover energies from the Infrared to the X-ray with each energy range allowing us to monitor different aspects of the dynamics occurring. At the heart of this work is the development of new methodologies for studying photochemistry that use state-of-the-art laser sources at both national and international facilities.



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Computational Systems Chemistry

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

Room Number: 29/3023

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