2022 Faraday Division early career award: Marlow Award Winner
Dr Basile Curchod, University of Bristol
Awarded for the development of theoretical and computational methods to unravel new mechanisms in photochemistry.
Dr Curchod’s group at the University of Bristol pursues a wide range of research interests, all aimed at studying how light interacts with molecules, and how the energy gained by the molecule from this interaction can be used to trigger unexpected chemical reactions.
The group uses computers to solve complex equations that describe the physics of light-excited molecules. They develop methods to predict the possible chemical reactions taking place after a molecule absorbs light – known as a photochemical reaction – and apply these methods to study real-world phenomena that involve photochemical processes. A particular focus is predicting how atmospheric molecules may react upon sunlight absorption: a type of information that is often missing in atmospheric models predicting the composition of our atmosphere. By combining theoretical photochemistry and atmospheric chemistry, their research improves the predictive power of atmospheric models in the context of global warming and air quality.
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