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Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects in photosynthesis published today in the journal Nature Communications. More...

Published: Jan 9, 2014 3:48:33 PM

Free Electron Lasers and Attosecond Light Sources Conference

UCL is hosting a conference on Free Electron Laser and Attosecond-Strong Field Science from June 30 to July 2 2014 at UCL. The preliminary  web-page for the conference is now live at
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/phys/amopp/atto-fel-conference More...

Published: Oct 1, 2013 2:24:13 PM

Macroscopic and microscopic work.

Quantum engines must break down

Our present understanding of thermodynamics is fundamentally incorrect if applied to small systems and needs to be modified, according to new research from University College London (UCL) and the University of Gdańsk. The work establishes new laws in the rapidly emerging field of quantum thermodynamics. More...

Published: Jun 27, 2013 9:40:58 AM

Dr Jonathan Underwood

Email: j.underwood@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7679 2564 (Internal 32564)


I was an undergraduate at the University of Nottingham where I gained a BSc(Hons) in Chemistry in 1995. I remained at Nottingham studying for a PhD under the supervision of Prof Ivan Powis from 1995 to 1999. The topic of my PhD work was Vector Properties in Molecular Photodissociation. Following a brief postdoctoral stint with Prof Katharine Reid at Nottingham I spent 3.5 years (from 2000 to 2003) as a visiting research fellow with Dr Albert Stolow at the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences, National Research Council Canada. While at the Steacie Institute I worked on the application of femtosecond laser techniques to the study and control of molecular photophysics. In 2003 I returned to the UK to take a lectureship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Open University. In 2007 I transferred to a lectureship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. My current position is co-funded by the Photon Science Department at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, where I spend roughly half of my time.

Research interests

My research interests are focussed on the use of femtosecond lasers for the study and control of molecular physics. My research is described in the AMOPP webpages about Ultrafast laser spectroscopy and Strong Laser Interactions and you can read more about my research here.

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