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Martin Loftus (Course Director)

Martin is a chartered physicist and Fellow of the Institute of Physics. Following a first degree in physics and chemistry, he gained a Masters degree in research methods/management and also a PhD at UEA. 

Martin joined the School of Chemistry in 2000 as a part-time research fellow and part-time teaching fellow. Alongside these roles he carried out consultancy work for other university departments, a government agency, TV companies and publishers. 

Martin now works as a full-time Senior Lecturer and teaches modules in physics, astrophysics, maths and professional development. He also works with the Institute of Physics as a member of their degree accreditation group and their degree recognition group. 

David Andrews

David Andrews first joined UEA as a Lecturer, following doctoral studies in Chemistry and a Research Associate position in the Department of Mathematics, both at University College London. At UEA, he gained a Chair in Chemical Physics in 1996. He has held Visiting Fellowships at University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and twice at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Professor Andrews was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1988, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 1999, and a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, in 2006. He is now a member of the Board of Directors of SPIE, where he is strongly involved in conference organisation.

Professor Andrews leads the nanophotonics and quantum electrodynamics research group at UEA. The interests of his research group broadly concern developing the theory of molecular interactions - with each other, and with light - in terms of quantum electrodynamics (QED).

Quantum electrodynamics is essentially the study of how matter interacts with light, treating both matter and light quantum mechanically. The QED group at UEA has been at the forefront in applications ranging from spectroscopy and nonlinear optics to the intermolecular transport of energy. The group enjoys strong international links, particularly with groups in Canada, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand and the United States.

Prof. Andrews has over 300 research papers and also a dozen books to his name, including as author of a widely adopted textbook on Lasers in Chemistry, and as Editor-in-Chief a five-volume series entitled Comprehensive Nanoscience and Technology. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals.

Stephen Ashworth

Dr Ashworth teaches areas of physical chemistry and physics. This includes quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, skills for chemists and physics.

Stephen was awarded both his BA in Chemistry and his DPhil from Oxford University. Later postdoctoral work was with Professor D.J. Nesbitt at JILA and subsequently with Dr K.M. Evenson at NIST, both of which were in Boulder, Colorado. He was then awarded a Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship to study femtosecond dynamics at the newly established Max-Born Institute in Berlin.

The award of an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 1996 allowed him to return to England. The first part of the Fellowship was held in the School of Chemistry at Bristol University. Dr Ashworth was appointed to a post at the UEA in 1999 but chose to transfer the remainder of his Advanced Fellowship and became a Lecturer in 2001. He received the UEA Excellence in Teaching award in 2002.

Although his research career has concentrated on resolution spectroscopy, and spectroscopy applied to atmospheric chemistry, using a number of laser techniques, he is now much more involved with the communication of science. Over the years has won a number of grants for his communication activities. In 2009 he was awarded a CUE East Individual Award for Engagement. He is currently on the Advisory Committee of Scifest Africa and Recorder for the Chemistry Section of the British Science Association.

Magnus Borgh

Magnus Borgh joined UEA as a Research Fellow in Physics in 2016. He obtained his doctorate from Lund University, Sweden and was subsequently awarded the Swedish Research Council Postdoctoral Stipend for postdoctoral research at DAMTP, University of Cambridge, followed by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and an EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Southampton.

Dr Borgh's research interests focus on ultra-cold atomic systems, in particular Bose-Einstein condensates. These represent a state of matter where all atoms occupy the same quantum-mechanical state. Bose-Einstein condensates have several interesting properties, including superfluidity and associated phenomena such as the appearance of quantised vortices and other so-called topological defects.

Dr Borgh is also interested in Bose-Einstein condensates of exciton-polaritons in semiconductor microcavities. These are "quasiparticles" that can be described as "half matter-half light". Quasiparticle condensates are especially interesting because they are inherently non-equilibrium systems, giving rise to phenomena that arise from the dynamics of laser-pumping and decay of the particles in the condensate.

Robert Ferdman

Dr Robert Ferdman joined UEA as a Lecturer in Physics in 2016. He specialises in fundamental physics and astrophysics, with a particular focus on the study of pulsars. 

He obtained his doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and subsequently became a postdoctoral researcher with the Observatoire de Paris as part of the radio astronomy group, stationed in Orléans, France.  He then took up Research Associate positions in the UK at the University of Manchester, then at McGill University in Montreal, back in his home country of Canada, before returning to the UK, to take up a Lectureship here at UEA.

Dr Ferdman’s research work focuses on observational astrophysics, particularly on the study of pulsars and analyzing pulsar data to perform a wide variety of astrophysics.  Pulsars are the neutron star (NS) remnants of supernova explosions and Dr. Ferdman takes advantage of the astounding timing precision of pulsars to perform the most demanding tests of Einstein's theory of general relativity and constrain the evolutionary histories of compact stellar binaries that are formed from high-mass stars. He is a member of large international collaborations that regularly observe an array of pulsars as a Galactic-scale gravitational-wave detector, and search for even more pulsars with which this exciting science can be performed.

Ismael Heisler

Dr Heisler is a lecturer in Ultrafast Chemical Physics with primary research interests in the application of advanced spectroscopic, optical and analytical techniques for the characterisation of complex systems and advanced materials.

For the past six years, he's been working with advanced ultrafast (femtosecond) time resolved experiments, investigating ultrafast molecular vibrational and electronic dynamics.

Dr. Heisler completed his BSc (2001), MSci (2002) and PhD (2006) in Physics, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. In 2006 he took up a short postdoctoral position at the University of São Paulo (USP – São Carlos) before moving to UEA in 2007 as a Senior Research Associate in the ultrafast spectroscopy group.

After a short period back in Brazil, Ismael took up a scientific staff position at the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics in Berlin. In 2013 Ismael returned to UEA to develop the EPSRC Ultrafast Laser Laboratory facility awarded to UEA through an EPSRC grant, before being appointed in his current position in 2016.

Jessica Johnson

Jessica joined UEA in 2015 and lectures in Solid Earth Geophysics. Her main research interests are in geophysical hazards, specifically volcano seismology and geodesy, and earthquake seismology.

The role of subsurface fluid movement in the generation and evolution of geophysical hazards is an important topic of research for understanding the mechanism and driving forces of volcanic eruptions and large earthquakes, and also for improving our ability to monitor and forecast disastrous events. Jessica uses seismology and ground deformation in her research to quantify the effects of subsurface fluid movement of the critical systems in question.

Her current research includes: repeating earthquakes near Mount Ruapehu Volcano in New Zealand, seismic anisotropy at volcanoes in Ecuador and Iceland, deformation and seismicity associated with magma movement at Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.

Garth Jones

Garth Jones is a lecturer in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry – he primarily teaches classical mechanics, kinetic theory of gases, chemical kinetics, phase transitions, quantum mechanics, simulations techniques, computer programming and numerical methods.

He undertook a BSc at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and 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. 

Garth 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.

Stephen Meech

Stephen Meech has been at UEA since 1994. He is a Professor of Physical Chemistry, teaching courses across the spectrum of physical chemistry and chemical physics, from first year to Masters.

His research is focused on understanding ultrafast dynamics of complex condensed phase systems and interfaces. He maintains a number of national and international research collaborations which facilitate the application of ultrafast methods to some of the most interesting and challenging problems.

Prior to joining UEA he was an Inoue Foundation fellow at IMS Japan and an EPSRC fellow at The University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He has held two JSPS fellowships in Japan and was a visiting researcher at RIKEN Tokyo.

Davide Proment

Davide is a physicist with interests in fluid mechanics and nonlinear physics.

After completing his studies in theoretical physics at Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy), Davide started a PhD at Dipartimento di Fisica di Torino (Italy) supervised by Dr Miguel Onorato on weakly nonlinear systems with a main focus on superfluids. Before being appointed lecturer at UEA, Davide continued to work in Turin with Dr Miguel Onorato as a postdoctorate fellow on a project focusing on rogue wave generation in oceans.

More details about his research can be found his personal website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~xne12yku

Hayder Salman

Hayder Salman is a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, with primary research interests in nonlinear waves, nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, and turbulence with applications to Bose-Einstein condensates and superfluids. His other research includes chaotic advection with applications to transport and mixing, and stochastic dynamic prediction.

Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~aqd09yhu/

David Stevens

David is a Professor of Mathematics, specialising in applied mathematics with a focus on the oceans and climate system. He is currently Associate Dean for Learning Teaching and Quality for the Faculty of Science.

His main research interest is large scale ocean modelling. The motivation is to understand the role of the ocean in the climate system. 

Most of his research has been involved with cold regions, the Norwegian-Greenland Sea and the Southern Ocean. He was deeply involved in the Fine Resolution Antarctic Model (FRAM) project and the Ocean Circulation and Climate Advanced Modelling (OCCAM) project.

David’s personal web page can be found at http://www.uea.ac.uk/~dps/

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