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Dr Tom Oliver


I joined the School of Chemistry as a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2015. In 2018 I was made the offer of a proleptic lectureship, and in 2019 promoted to Associate Professor (Reader). Between 2011 and 2015 I was a post-doctoral research fellow at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where I developed a new optical spectroscopy, two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy, to explore coupled electronic-nuclear motion in carotenoids and light harvesting complexes. In 2011, I obtained my PhD from the University of Bristol, under the supervision of Professor Mike Ashfold FRS. My PhD thesis focused on the non-adiabatic dynamics of small heteroaromatic molecules in the gas phase and how these dynamics transferred, or were altered, in solution.

My research group uses multidimensional ultrafast laser spectroscopies with high temporal and spectral resolution to investigate the molecular mechanisms underpinning energy and charge transfer in biological systems such as DNA, natural photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes and photovoltaic materials. We are also actively developing experimental techniques to couple sub-diffraction limit imaging with ultrafast spectroscopy.

To date, I have published 47 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters. My research has been featured in journals such as ScienceNature Physics and PNAS. A full list can be found here.