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Prof Helen Fielding
Appointment
  • Professor of Chemical Physics
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Research Summary

Our research is focussed on the photochemistry and photophysics of biologically and technologically relevant molecules. We employ frequency-resolved and time-resolved laser photoelectron spectroscopy to probe the electronic structure and dynamics of neutral molecules and molecular anions in the gas-phase and on surfaces and we are currently developing the UK's first liquid-jet photoelectron spectrometer to extend our work to the condensed phase. We also employ computational chemistry calculations to guide our interpretation of our experimental results.


Recent research highlights include studies of the ultrafast non-radiative decay processes responsible for the remarkable photostability of aniline, a common structual motif in biology, and in the chromophore of green fluorescent protein, a fluorescent marker that has revolutionalised imaging in the life sciences.


Current research projects include photoactive proteins, technologically important dyes, molecular motors and photocatalysis.

Academic Background
1993 MA Master of Arts – Chemistry University of Cambridge
1992 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Chemistry University of Oxford
1989 BA Bachelor of Arts – Chemistry University of Cambridge
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