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Dr Tom Oliver

Dr Tom Oliver

Dr Tom Oliver
PhD(Bristol), MChem/Chem(Warw.)

Proleptic Associate Professor and Royal Society University Research Fellow

Area of research

Ultrafast multidimensional spectroscopy of biomolecules, light harvesting complexes and artificial photosynthetic systems

Office E112
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 7668

Research summary

The research in my group can be separated into many themes which are described below. For a full description of my group's activities and our research interests, visit

I. Unravelling the primary photo-protection pathways in DNA

The ultraviolet component of the solar spectrum is capable of inducing damage in DNA, the genetic code of life essential for cell growth, development and function.(1) I will explore the primary photo-protection mechanisms of DNA by determining the extent of excited state delocalisation in model DNA systems, and how this prepares molecules for fast non-radiative relaxation. If excited states ...

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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 ...

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