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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

Research interests

Our research focuses on time resolved measurements of chemical dynamics in the gas and solution phase. Our gas phase experiments focus on the use of time resolved photoelectron spectroscopy to study the motions of the atoms and electrons within molecules that underlie chemical change. To ensure we observe the full dynamic process we use femtosecond extreme ultraviolet (XUV) pulses generated via high harmonic generation as the probe which allows us to measure entire reaction co-ordinates of complex chemical reactions, from reactants through transitions states to final products.

In the solution phase we are developing a transient absorption system to allow us to monitor how hydrogen bonding interaction affect photochemical processes. The project will involve selective chemical transformations to change the character of the hydrogen bonding to monitor its changing influence.  


Research Funding

2018-2021     Photoelectron interferometry as a structural and dynamical probe    
£305k EPSRC

2018-2022     Transient electronic absorption studies of the effect of hydrogen bonding interactions on excited state dynamics       
£94k Royal Society

2016–2019    New probes of chemical dynamics
£336k 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

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