Chemical Dynamics Award 2015 Winner
Awarded for the development of novel methods to study elementary reactions and collisional energy transfer in the gas phase and at the gas-liquid interface
About the Winner
I was brought up and educated in Irvine, Ayrshire. I did a BSc Hons degree in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a DPhil in Physical Chemistry at the University of Oxford under Gus Hancock's excellent supervision. I won an SERC / NATO Fellowship to work with Dick Zare at Stanford, which was a life-changing experience, before returning to my first academic job as a Lecturer (and subsequently Senior Lecturer) at the University of Edinburgh.
I took up the Chair of Physical Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in 2000, and have remained here since. I have done a spell as Director of Research for the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences and am currently the Head of the Institute of Chemical Sciences. I have enjoyed many productive research collaborations, both externally and internally, particularly with my close colleague at Heriot-Watt, Matt Costen. I was heavily involved in the 'research pooling' initiative in Chemistry in Scotland, becoming the first Chairman of 'ScotCHEM'.
I am married (to Alison Hulme) and have two children (Catie and Andrew). In our spare time we like outdoor pursuits, including hill-walking and camping. We nearly managed to finish the Munros before the children came along. We are keen on cycling, swimming and most other sports.
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