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Prof Helen Fielding
Christopher Ingold Building 133
Department of Chemistry
20 Gordon Street
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  • Professor of Chemical Physics
  • Dept of Chemistry
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Helen Fielding is Professor of Physical Chemistry. Her research is focused on the spectroscopy and ultrafast dynamics of excited states of molecules and protein chromophores in the gas-phase and in solution. She was Head of Physical Chemistry (2013-18), chair of the departmental Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee (2014-18, 2019-20), member of the MAPS Faculty EDI working group (2014-18, 2019-20), member of the UCL Athena SWAN self-assesment team (2018) and chair of the Institutional Athena SWAN action planning group (2018). She has undertaken numerous roles for the Royal Society of Chemistry, including Chair of Publishing Board (2012-16) and member of RSC Council and Trustee (2003-5, 2009-16) and is currently a member of the Faraday Division Awards Committee. She is also chair of the Ramsay Trust Advisory Board. Before coming to UCL in 2003, she worked at King’s College London (Lecturer 1994-1997; Reader 1997-2002; Professor 2002-2003). Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Amsterdam, working with Professors Ben van Linden van den Heuvell and Wim van der Zande (1993-1994), a scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (1992) and a DPhil student, first at Cambridge then at Oxford, working with Professor Tim Softley (1989-1992). 

Research Summary

Helen Fielding’s group carries out research in the field of spectroscopy and dynamics of excited state of molecules. During the last 15 years, they have designed and built four separate experiments employing UV photoelectron spectroscopy to study small neutral molecules in the gas-phase, large molecular anions in the gas-phase, molecules on surfaces and, most recently, molecules and anions in solution. They have recently been awarded EPSRC funding for a new ultrafast laser facility that will provide the additional capability for EUV photoelectron spectroscopy, femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy and femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy. They also have expertise in electronic structure theory. They have a long-standing collaboration with Professor Graham Worth and current collaborations with Professor Jim Anderson, Professor Helen Hailes, Professor Geoff Thornton (UCL) and Professor Anastasia Bochenkova (Moscow State University). 

Teaching Summary

Helen has taught core and specialist physical chemistry lecture courses across all 4 years of the UCL Chemistry degree programme and has served as course coordinator for several courses and the second year physical chemistry laboratory course. In 2020/21 she is teaching second year core physical chemistry lectures on spectroscopy, second year lectures on laser spectroscopy and dynamics in the chemical dynamics course and second year physical chemistry tutorials and laboratory demonstrating. She also supervises MSc and MSci students and 3rd year literature projects. She also provides support for a 1st year personal tutor group.  

2018 Professor of Physical Chemistry Chemistry University College London, United Kingdom
2014 – 2018 Head of Physical Chemistry Chemistry University College London, United Kingdom
2003 – 2014 Professor of Physical Chemistry Chemistry University College London, United Kingdom
1994 – 2003 Lecturer, Reader, Professor of Physical Chemistry Chemistry King's College London, United Kingdom
1993 – 1994 Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow Physics University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
1992 – 1992 Scientist Optical Metrology National Physical Laboratory, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1993   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
1992   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
1989   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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