Adam Kirrander

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Professor Adam Kirrander

Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow



Research Interests

Our focus is ultrafast imaging of dynamic processes in atoms and molecules using new light and electron sources. This work mixes theory, computations, and innovative experiments. We examine the basic physics of the experiments and develop new simulation methods for quantum dynamics, but also participate in experiments at facilities around the world. We are interested in developing novel experimental techniques and methods, in particular for visualising photochemical and photophysical processes. A major focus is future experiments that exploit the unique properties of X-ray Free-Electron Lasers to provide measurements of atoms and molecules in unprecedented detail. This work is highly collaborative and involves leading experimental and theoretical groups worldwide.


Adam Kirrander studied biophysics at Uppsala University, followed by an MSc in Theoretical Chemistry from Oxford (St John’s College) and a DPhil (Queen’s College) with Professor Mark Child FRS on the theory of molecular Rydberg states. He then moved to the group of Professor Helen Fielding (UCL) to work on ultrafast spectroscopy and coherent control, and later became a fellow at the Laboratoire Aimé Cotton (CNRS) where he collaborated with Dr Christian Jungen on theoretical high-resolution spectroscopy and dynamics.  He spent one year as a visiting scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics before starting his own group at the University of Edinburgh. In 2021-22, Adam was a Natural Sciences Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. He returned to Oxford in 2022 and joined St Peter’s College as tutorial fellow. He and his collaborators have been awarded the inaugural Royal Society of Chemistry Horizon Prize 2021 and their work has been highlighted as a major breakthrough by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Kirrander group has been and continues to be supported by the EPSRC, the Leverhulme Trust, the UK XFEL Physical Sciences Hub, and the U.S. Department of Energy.



Research group

Kirrander group


St Peter's College