Biography

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Garth Jones undertook a BSc at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Following that he completed a PhD under Michael N. Paddon-Row at the same institution in 2002. Since then he has worked at the University of Essex, the Dipartimento di Chimica "G. Ciamician", Universita' di Bologna, Italy and at University of California, Berkeley where he spent time as a visiting scholar in 2008/9 visiting Graham Fleming’s group, while undertaking an EPSRC 'Life-Sciences Interface' Fellowship from 2006-2009 in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex. He has been at UEA since 2010. 
 
He is a physical chemist who uses computational and theoretical techniques and is principally interested in excited state dynamics of molecules and light-molecule interactions. He develops mixed quantum-classical approaches to perform simulations of important processes in physical chemistry such as electron transfer, electronic energy transfer and photodissociation.

Selected publications

Excitation energy transfer and low-efficiency photolytic splitting of water ice by vacuum UV light
A. Acocella, G.A. Jones, F. Zerbetto
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2012, 3, 3610-3615
DOI: 10.1021/jz301640h

What is Adenine Doing in Photolyase?
A. Acocella, G.A. Jones, F. Zerbetto
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2010, 114, 4101-4106.
DOI: 10.1021/jp101093z

Unusual Relaxation Pathway from the Two-Photon Excited First Singlet State of Carotenoids
Y. Pang, G. A. Jones, M. A. Prantil, G. R. Fleming
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, 132, 2264-2273.
DOI: 10.1021/ja908472y

Tyrosyl radicals in proteins: a comparison of empirical and density functional calculated EPR parameters
D. Svistunenko and G.A. Jones
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2009, 11, 6600-6613.
DOI: 10.1039/B905522C

On-the-Fly, Electric-Field-Driven, Coupled Electron-Nuclear Dynamics
G.A. Jones, A. Acocella, F. Zerbetto
Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 2008, 112, 9650-9656.
DOI: 10.1021/jp805360v

Career History

  • Lecturer in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of East Anglia (since July 2011)
  • Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of East Anglia (Fixed-Term – September 2010-June 2011).
  • Applications Developer, Sunrise Systems Ltd., Cambridge (Mar. 2009 - Apr 2010).
  • EPSRC Fellow, 'Life-Sciences Interface' Program (Mar. 2006 - Feb. 2009).
  • European Union Postdoctoral Fellow, Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita di Bologna, Italy (Mar. 2005 - Feb. 2006).
  • Senior Research Officer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex (Mar. 2003 – Feb. 2005).
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales, Australia (Sept. 2001 - Feb. 2003).

All Publications

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Hall, C. R., Heisler, I., Jones, G., Frost, J. E., Gil, A. A., Tonge, P. J., Meech, S. R.

(2017)

Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Study of the Photoactive Flavoprotein AppABLUF,

in Chemical Physics Letters

683

pp. 365–369

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Forbes, K., Ford, J., Jones, G., Andrews, D.

(2017)

Quantum delocalization in photon-pair generation,

in Physical Review A

96

(2)

article no. 023850

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Hall, C. R., Conyard, J., Heisler, I. A., Jones, G. A., Frost, J., Browne, W. R., Feringa, B. L., Meech, S. R.

(2017)

Ultrafast dynamics in light-driven molecular rotary motors probed by femtosecond stimulated raman spectroscopy,

in Journal of the American Chemical Society

139

(21)

pp. 7408–7414

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Grinter, R., Jones, G.

(2016)

Resonance energy transfer: The unified theory via vector spherical harmonics,

in The Journal of Chemical Physics

145

(7)

article no. 074107

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Bulman Page, P., Bartlett, C., Chan, Y., Allin, S., McKenzie, M., Lacour, J., Jones, G.

(2016)

New biphenyl iminium salt catalysts for highly enantioselective asymmetric epoxidation: role of additional substitution and dihedral angle,

in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry

14

(18)

pp. 4220-4232

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Jones, G. A., Andrews, D. L., Betz, M. (ed.), Elezzabi, A. Y. (ed.), Tsen, K. (ed.)

(2015)

A spectroscopic ruler for intermediate-zone FRET measurements,

in Proc. SPIE 9361 : Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XIX.

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Jones, G., Gillis, C.

(2015)

A theoretical investigation into the effects of temperature on spatiotemporal dynamics of EET in the FMO complex,

in Journal of Physical Chemistry B

119

(11)

pp. 4165-4174

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Fernandez Cestau, J., Bertrand, B., Blaya, M., Jones, G. A., Penfold, T. J., Bochmann, M.

(2015)

Synthesis and Luminescence Modulation of Pyrazine-Based Gold(III) Pincer Complexes,

in Chemical Communications

51

(93)

pp. 16629-16632

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Frost, J. E., Jones, G. A.

(2014)

A quantum dynamical comparison of the electronic couplings derived from quantum electrodynamics and Förster theory: Application to 2D molecular aggregates,

in New Journal of Physics

16

(11)

article no. 113067

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Lock, M. P. E., Andrews, D. L., Jones, G. A.

(2014)

On the nature of long range electronic coupling in a medium: Distance and orientational dependence for chromophores in molecular aggregates,

in The Journal of Chemical Physics

140

(4)

article no. 044103

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Lukacs, A., Haigney, A., Brust, R., Addison, K., Towrie, M., Greetham, G. M., Jones, G. A., Miyawaki, A., Tonge, P. J., Meech, S. R.

(2013)

Protein Photochromism Observed by Ultrafast Vibrational Spectroscopy,

in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

117

(40)

pp. 11954-11959

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Fuller, A., Hughes, D., Jones, G., Lancaster, S.

(2012)

The structure and chemistry of tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane protected mononuclear nitridotitanium complexes,

in Dalton Transactions

41

(18)

pp. 5599-5609

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Jacobs, E., Fuller, A., Coles, S., Jones, G., Tizzard, G., Wright, J., Lancaster, S.

(2012)

Synthesis and Structure of Amido- and Imido(pentafluorophenyl)borane Zirconocene and Hafnocene Complexes: N-H and B-H Activation,

in Chemistry - A European Journal

18

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pp. 8647-8658

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Conyard, J., Kondo, M., Heisler, I., Jones, G., Baldridge, A., Tolbert, L. M., Solntsev, K. M., Meech, S.

(2011)

Chemically Modulating the Photophysics of the GFP Chromophore,

in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

115

(6)

pp. 1571-1577

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Andrews, D., Jones, G.

(2011)

Primary Photonic Processes in Energy Harvesting: Quantum Dynamical Analysis of Exciton Energy Transfer over Three-Dimensional Dendrimeric Geometries,

in MRS Proceedings

1325

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Acocella, A., Jones, G., Zerbetto, F.

(2010)

What Is Adenine Doing in Photolyase?,

in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

114

(11)

pp. 4101-4106

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(Article)

(Published)


Pang, Y., Jones, G., Prantil, M. A., Fleming, G. R.

(2010)

Unusual Relaxation Pathway from the Two-Photon Excited First Singlet State of Carotenoids,

in Journal of the American Chemical Society

132

(7)

pp. 2264-2273

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(Article)

(Published)


Pang, Y., Prantil, M. A., Van Tassle, A. J., Jones, G. A., Fleming, G. R.

(2009)

Excited-State Dynamics of 8 '-Apo-beta-caroten-8 '-al and 7 ',7 '-Dicyano-7 '-apo-beta-carotene Studied by Femtosecond Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy,

in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

113

(39)

pp. 13086-13095

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Svistunenko, D. A., Jones, G. A.

(2009)

Tyrosyl radicals in proteins: a comparison of empirical and density functional calculated EPR parameters,

in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics

11

(31)

pp. 6600-6613

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(Published)


Jones, G., Acocella, A., Zerbetto, F.

(2008)

On-the-Fly, Electric-Field-Driven, Coupled Electron−Nuclear Dynamics,

in The Journal of Physical Chemistry A

112

(40)

pp. 9650-9656

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(Published)


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Key Research Interests

I am a physical chemist who uses computational and theoretical techniques and is principally interested in excited state dynamics of molecules and light-molecule interactions. I develop mixed quantum-classical approaches to perform simulations of important processes in physical chemistry such as electron transfer, electronic energy transfer and photodissociation.

Active projects includes investigating the role of molecular vibrations in energy transfer processes within molecular systems and molecular aggregates.

Teaching Interests

Classical Mechanics, kinetic theory of gases, chemical kinetics, phases transitions, quantum mechanics, simulations techniques, computer programming, numerical methods.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Presenter at Physicsfest (sponsored by IOP) - December 2013
  • Writing of biological physics lectures (electron and energy transfer) for IOP - 2011 to 2012

Key Responsibilities

  • Module Organiser, Topics in Physics (first year)
  • Lab coordinator for second year physical chemistry

Administrative Posts

  • Research Staff Coordinator
  • Module Organiser, Topics in Physics (first year)
  • Lab coordinator for second year physical chemistry