Chemical Dynamics

Chemical dynamics seeks to understand how atoms and molecules move, contort, interchange, react, and how they interact with external forces (magnetic and electric) over time.

Dynamics signifies movement or change*. Our group measures chemical changes from ultrafast (femtoseconds) to very slow (years). Through experiments and simulations, we develop a base understanding of chemistry, and we learn how to manage and direct chemical processes. In this way we are able, e.g., to build new optical materials, to develop more potent pharmaceuticals, and much more: our areas of interest are listed below.

*from Greek δυναμις — meaning power, i.e., movement of energy.

The coordinator for this theme is Dr Andrew Alexander. Any general enquiries should be directed to Andrew.Alexander@ed.ac.uk. For more specific enquiries please refer to the members list below.

Areas of Research

  • Theoretical Methods and Algorithms
  • Spectroscopy and Scattering
  • Atoms, Molecules and Clusters
  • Liquids, Glasses and Crystals
  • Surfaces, Interfaces and Materials
  • Polymers and Soft Matter
  • Biological Molecules and Networks

Research Theme Staff