prof chris kay

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  • Prof
  • Chris
  • William Michael
  • Kay
  • Prof Chris Kay
  • Tel: 0207 679 7312
  • Ex: 37312
  • Fax: 0207 679 7096
  • c.kay@ucl.ac.uk
  • Website
  • https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/extResource/image/01/CWKAY79
  • 2006-01-01
Address
  • 992
  • Darwin Building 507C
  • Institute of Structural & Molecular Biology
  • Gower Street
  • London
  • WC1E 8BT
Joined UCL
  • 2006-01-01

Research Summary

My group uses Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy to investigate the structure of novel materials and proteins. Our work is unashamedly collaborative and brings together biologists, chemists, materials scientists and physicists. There are 3 main themes:

Characterisation of the electronic structure and properties of bismuth dopants in silicon by EPR spectroscopy (Morley et al Nature Materials 2013, Balian et al Physical Review B 2012, Morley et al Nature Materials 2010).

Characterisation of the structure and properties of thin films of copper phthalocyanines by EPR Spectroscopy (Warner et al Nature 2013, Warner et al ASC Nano 2012).

Combining X-ray crystallography, molecular dynamics and nitroxide spin-labeling EPR spectroscopy to obtain and verify structures of proteins in solution (Bagneris et al Nature Communications 2013, Webster et al Nucleic Acids Research 2012, Phan et al Nature, 2011, Grohmann et al Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010).

Research Activities
  • 6481
  • Molecular Spintronics
  • 5745
  • Nitroxide Spin labelling and distance measurements by EPR Spectoscopy

Academic Background

  • Award Year
    Qualification
     
    Institution
  • 1993
    DPhil
    Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Oxford
  • 1993
    MA
    Master of Arts
    University of Oxford
  • 1991
    BA
    Bachelor of Arts
    University of Oxford

Biography

I studied chemistry at Oxford University and completed my DPhil in the group of Professor Keith McLauchlan, FRS, studying the effects of small magnetic fields on chemical reactions induced by light and involving free radicals; a topic which has implications for animal navigation. I have recently returned to this topic with a grant funded by DARPA. In order to augment these studies, I used time-resolved EPR (TR-EPR) in order to detect and identify radicals that had been produced by electron transfer following excitation by a nanosecond laser pulse.

I moved to the Department of Physics at the Free University Berlin in October 1993 to join the group of Professor Klaus Möbius, where I built up extensive experience of advanced EPR methods for studying photoactive species first as a postdoctoral fellow and then as a staff scientist.

In January 2006, I moved to University College London. I chose UCL because of the concentration of the world-leading research taking place in Bloomsbury. Within 3 years, I led a successful cross-faculty CIF bid to create a state-of-the-art EPR laboratory that was opened in 2010 and is now located in the Department of Physics & Astronomy. From being an institution with a rich tradition of EPR, yet where activity had ceased, under my leadership UCL is now a world-leading center and grant-funded research is bringing EPR spectroscopy to research from physics to structural biology and medicine.

Additional Information
  • Electron Paramangetic Resonance
  • Electron Spin Resonance