Adam Kirrander

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Professor Adam Kirrander

Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry



Research Interests

We develop methods for ultrafast imaging of quantum processes in matter by new light and electron sources. Our approach combines theory, computations, and innovative experiments. We examine the 'physics of the probe', develop simulations, and participate in experiments at leading facilities worldwide. The novel experimental techniques and theoretical methods are used to visualise and understand photochemical reactions. A major focus is on experiments that exploit the unique properties of x-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) 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. He worked with Professor Helen Fielding (UCL) on ultrafast spectroscopy, and with Dr Christian Jungen (Laboratoire Aimé Cotton, CNRS) on theoretical spectroscopy. He spent one year as a visiting scientist at ITAMP (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) before starting his own group at the University of Edinburgh. He was Natural Sciences Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (2021-22). 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

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St Peter's College