Research Training Network - FP6

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Participant Number 16: Oxford (GB)

Expertise in Research and Complementarity The Oxford team is lead by Professor David Clary (DCC). This group has been at the forefront of applying the methods of theoretical reaction dynamics to important problems in astrophysics for more than twenty years. The development of theories for energy transfer and chemical reactions of polyatomic molecules has been a particular achievement, as has been the prediction of the rates of fast reactions at low temperature. DCC is a member of the London Centre for Cosmic Chemistry where his group pioneered the application of quantum dynamics to predict the production of H2 on graphite mimics of cosmic dust. After holding appointments in Cambridge University and University College London, DCC is now Professor of Chemistry and Head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1997 and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences for his research contributions. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. He is Editor of Chemical Physics Letters. DCC has collaborated with several of the other proposers including the groups of Troe (Göttingen), Costes (Bordeaux), Casavecchia (Perugia) and Nyman (Goteborg).
Expertise in Training and Knowledge Transfer
Over 30 researchers in Prof Clary's group have been trained for doctorates and 15 people who worked in his group now hold academic posts around the world. The University of Oxford is an excellent environment for research for students and postdocs, with seminars nearly every day from world-leading scientists. The Physical Chemistry and Physics departments at Oxford have strong experimental, theoretical and observational groups in astrophysics. DCC is also on the main Oxford University committees promoting spin-out companies and intellectual property agreements. In addition, he chairs the committee that runs all the academic courses in physical sciences for undergraduates and graduate students.

Significant References
1. C+C2H2: A Key Reaction in Interstellar Chemistry, D. C. Clary , E. Buonomo, I. R. Sims, I. W. M. Smith, W. D. Geppert, C. Naulin, M. Costes, L. Cartechini, and P. Casavecchia, J. Phys. Chem. A 106, 5541-5552 (2002)
2. Time-dependent quantum mechanical calculations on the formation of molecular hydrogen on a graphite surface via an Eley-Rideal mechanism, A J H M Meijer, A J Farebrother ,D C Clary and A J Fisher, J. Phys. Chem. A 105, 2173-2182 (2001).

Involvement of Key Scientific Staff.

Name Position M/F Expertise
D C Clary Professor M Chemical reaction calculations
S Pogrebnia Research Fellow M Reaction kinetics and dynamics
M Mella EPSRC Advanced Fellow M Ion-molecule interactions
3 PDRA's Research fellows M,2F Chemical reaction calculations
3 Ph D students students M Theoretical chemistry
Y Sturdy PhD student F Good degree in chemistry