Adam interviewed on Physics World podcast

Adam and Jon Marangos (Imperial) were interviewed by Hamish Johnstone for the Physics World podcast about what it takes to build a new world-class international facility, such as the proposed UK XFEL. You can listen to the podcast here.

Happy Horizon (RSC Prize 2021)

Today our Brown-UoE-SLAC collaboration was awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Horizon Prize 2021 for our work on ultrafast X-ray scattering. Congratulations to everyone!

Poster of the Horizon Prize

Congratulations Nikola (Stoddard Prize)

Dr Nikola Zotev, who graduated with a PhD from the group last summer, delivered the Stoddard Prize lecture at an online ceremony in the School of Chemistry. Congratulations Nikola!

Dr Nikola Zotev

Adam Interviewed by Chemistry World

Chemistry World has interviewed Prof. Jon Marangos (Imperial), Dr David Dunning (STFC) and Adam about the ongoing UK XFEL project.

Read the story on the Chemistry World website

UK XFEL survey

Malcolm McMahon (Physics) and Adam have been involved in developing the science case for a UK-XFEL– a new central facility that would produce ultrashort x-ray pulses a billion times brighter than those from a synchrotron. The project is now asking the UK science community to endorse the scientific vision of the UK XFEL Science Case and fully support the next stage of the project's development. 

Please support the project by appending your name to the list of supporters. Filling in the your details is straightforward and should take no more than 90 seconds. We are particularly interested in support from postdocs and students, who would benefit most in the long term from the building of such a facility in the UK. Thank you!!!

Paper in PNAS

Our new paper on charge transfer is out in PNAS. Congratulations to all the authors!

Diagram from the paper

Group Hike

Part of the group decided to spend the morning doing the three-hills (Arthur’s Seat, Calton Hill, and Castle Rock), followed by the best gelato in Edinburgh from Mary’s Milkbar at Grassmarket. Lauren joined us for the gelato, but in the photo (from left to right): Dan, Adam, Joe, Laetitia, and Kyle.

The group on their hike

Stoddard Prize

Nikola Zotev from the Kirrander group has been awarded the prestigious Stoddard Prize for his work as a PhD student in the School of Chemistry. Hurray! And congratulations Nikola, it is richly deserved.

Faraday Discussion on Time-resolved Imaging

The long-awaited Faraday Discussion on Time-resolved Imaging organised by Gopal Dixit and Adam is happening 1-4 February. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and the Edinburgh group is represented by two papers (paper 1 and paper 2) and a bunch of posters. Loads of fun, a pity that we cannot actually be in Mumbai as originally planned…

Faraday Discussion on Time-resolved Imaging logo


We received funding from the EPSRC to develop simulation methodology with the group of Martin Paterson at Heriot-Watt University. It is great to see QMD Edinburgh gain momentum!

LCLS Beamtime

Starting a LCLS beamtime with the Weber group today!

LCLS Beamtime

Starting a LCLS beamtime with the Bucksbaum group today!

Physical Review A

Our paper on time-resolved scattering from rotating molecules is out in Physical Review A today – thank you Mats and Niels for a great collaboration!

New Book Out

The book Quantum Chemistry and Dynamics of Excited States: Methods and Applications (Wiley, Eds. Roland Lindh and Leticia González) is finally out! Looks good – check out Ch. 15, authored by Morgane Vacher and Adam.

Book cover "quantum chemistry and dynamic of excited states"

Seminar Durham

Adam giving a seminar in Durham – thanks for the invite Basile and Jan!

Seminar Oxford

Adam is giving a seminar in Oxford – it will be fun, although can’t help wishing it would be in person!

Adam is representing physics at the UK XFEL Science Case review

Adam is representing physics at the UK XFEL Science Case review today together with Amelle Zaïr (KCL). The panel looks very impressive, so we look forward to interesting questions!

Falling Walls Finalist

Adam has been selected as a finalist in the Falling Walls Science Breakthroughs of the Year, which is part of the World Science Summit.

The summit, part of Berlin Science Week, brings together scientists from a range of disciplines. Falling Walls looks at major new research across ten different areas of science. Adam's work examining the motion of atoms and molecules represents the physical sciences.

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Research highlighted in MD-GAS COST action newsletter

Our recent work was highlighted in the MD-GAS COST newsletter (and on the webpage). A nice touch is that work from Jan Verlet’s group at Durham was also featured in the same issue!

New Group Members

A big heartfelt welcome to three new members in the group: Joe Cooper is joining us from Durham as a PhD student, Michael Redenti is joining the group as a CDT PhD student in a joint project with Ben Goddard in the School of Mathematics, and finally, Laetitia Dorlas is joining us as a final-year MChem project student. It’s great to have the three of you onboard!