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Dr David Glowacki


Dr David Glowacki is a Royal Society Research fellow and proleptic lecturer, joint between the Department of Chemistry and Computer Science. From 2013 - 2015, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA), Glowacki obtained his BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA) in 2003. He then moved to the UK, and obtained a master of arts (MA) in cultural theory as a Fulbright scholarship finalist at the University of Manchester. With funding from an Overseas Research Studentship, he completed his PhD at the University of Leeds in 2008 with Prof. Michael Pilling, using both experimental and theoretical approaches to understand chemical kinetics and dynamics relevant to Earth’s atmosphere. Glowacki then moved to Bristol, where he has maintained a range of collaborations, focussing on the development and application of theoretical methods for understanding and analyzing non-equilibrium phenomena and energy transfer in chemical kinetics and dynamics in liquids, solids, and biomolecules. He has published across subjects including classical and quantum dynamics, energy flow in chemical systems, adiabatic and non-adiabatic chemical kinetics, atmospheric chemistry, algorithm development, high-performance computing, and interactive digital art. He has contributed to several scientific software packages, including CHARMM, MESMER, and TINKER. He is also the creator of danceroom spectroscopy (dS), a multi-award winning software/hardware framework that combines semi-classical molecular dynamics with state-of-the-art computing to build an interactive molecular dynamics platform. dS has earned him an international reputation in digital art and interactive computing, with high-profile installations that have enabled tens of thousands of people across the UK, Europe, and the USA to experience the subtle beauty and complexity of the atomic world.



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