Jan Verlet was born in Leuven, Belgium, and studied chemistry at King’s College London before completing his PhD at the same institution in 2003, under the supervision of Professor Helen Fielding. He then went to work in the group of Professor Dan Neumark at the University of California at Berkeley, before returning to the UK in 2006 as Lecturer and EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow at Durham University.
In 2012, Professor Verlet was awarded an ERC grant and was promoted to full professor in 2016. He has served as chair of the RSC’s Spectroscopy and Dynamics special interest group, has been a Fellow of the RSC since 2016, was a JILA visiting Fellow in 2019, and has been co-editor of International Reviews in Physical Chemistry since 2018.
The Verlet group focuses on developing and employing state-of-the-art methods aimed at understanding various aspects of excited state processes in molecular anions in the gas phase, at the water/air interface, and in solution.