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EPSRC Reference: EP/P001459/1
Title: Dynamical Chemical Processes
Principal Investigator: McKendrick, Professor KG
Other Investigators:
Paterson, Professor MJ Townsend, Professor D Greaves, Dr SJ
Costen, Professor ML
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Platform Grants
Starts: 05 August 2016 Ends: 04 February 2022 Value (£): 1,277,251
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Gas & Solution Phase Reactions
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
24 May 2016 Platform Grant Interviews - 24 and 25 May 2016 (Engineering) Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The field of chemical dynamics is concerned with the detailed atomic-level events that lie at the heart of all chemical and photochemical processes. We are studying these phenomena through a combination of sophisticated experiments, based on laser and vacuum technology, and advanced theoretical methods. The understanding that we provide is crucial to the enhanced exploitation or modelling of a wide range of natural or man-made phenomena, from chemistry in the atmosphere, combustion, catalysis, natural photoprotection and the design of sunscreens, through to photodynamic therapy.

The purpose of this Platform is to provide stability and greater flexibility in the use of postdoctoral-level personnel across a group of five academic investigators with an established record of working together in areas spanning the interaction of molecules with liquid surfaces; chemical reactions and the transfer of energy in the gas-phase; and the chemical and physical processes initiated in molecules by the absorption of light.

The Platform will allow us to retain key staff, and to deploy them in ways that are not possible with standard proposals. In particular, we will be able to accelerate our ability to grasp immediate opportunities based on our existing collaborations, both among the group and with external partners, by carrying out critical proof-of-concept studies. We will tackle larger, more complex, multi-stranded projects that will require us to work together in new combinations. We can see the potential for exciting developments in a number of areas, but currently we don't have funds to carry out the groundwork necessary to underpin successful joint proposals. In particular, we aim to expand the areas in which we have close integration between experiment and theory. We will also have the scope to carry out high-risk but adventurous pilot studies to expand into new areas beyond the boundaries of existing work, with potential new collaborators.

The PDRAs employed will benefit greatly from the enhanced career development under the Platform. We will broaden their experience through research exchanges; engage them in proposals to win new funding; support them in applications for personal fellowships with dedicated funds for their own short proof-of-concept projects; and involve them in management of the Platform.

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