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Creating an Analysis Toolbox for Ultrafast 2D-IR Spectroscopy

Department of Chemistry

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Prof N Hunt Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Applications are invited for a cross-disciplinary PhD project that aims to develop new data analysis methods for use with ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy.

2D-IR uses ultrafast infrared lasers to obtain important new information on the structure, dynamics and interactions of molecules in solution. It is particularly powerful when applied to observing chemical or biological reactions in real time.
In order to maximise the impact of 2D-IR on our fundamental understanding of chemical and biological events however, we need to efficiently analyse large datasets. This project will take a revolutionary approach that unites sophisticated multivariate data analysis tools with 2D-IR spectroscopy. Ultimately, we aim to produce an automated software package (or ‘app’) that can interrogate 2D-IR spectra and extract exciting new data on the molecular interactions that are fundamental to chemical and biological processes. The project will focus primarily on ultrafast laser spectroscopy investigations of chemical or simple protein or DNA-based systems and the application and testing of computational data analysis tools.

The project is a collaborative between the group of Prof Neil Hunt and Dr Matt Baker (Chemistry, University of Strathclyde) and will suit candidates with a background in physical chemistry or chemical physics or a related area.
The candidate will join a vibrant multidisciplinary team and will be able to learn a range of new skills that will be attractive to a range of employers.

All Chemistry research students have access to our innovative Doctoral Training in Chemistry (iDTC): cohort-based training to support the development of scientific, transferable and employability skills:

The Department of Chemistry holds an Athena SWAN Gold Award and is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all staff and students. The Department strives to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel:

You should expect hold or expect to achieve the equivalent of at least a UK upper second class degree in Chemistry or a related subject. Please check the entry requirements for your country:

Funding Notes

This project is available to students from any country who can fund their own studies. The Department of Chemistry at the University of York is pleased to offer Wild Fund Scholarships. Applications are welcomed from those who meet the PhD entry criteria from any country outside the UK. Scholarships will be awarded on supervisor support, academic merit, country of origin, expressed financial need and departmental strategy. For further details and deadlines, please see our website:


N.T.Hunt, "2D-IR spectroscopy: ultrafast insights into biomolecule structure and function", Chem. Soc. Rev. 38, 1837-1848 (2009) doi: 10.1039/b819181f
Minnes, L.; Shaw, D. J.; Cossins, B.; Donaldson, P. M.; Greetham, G. M.; Towrie, M.; Parker, A. W.; Baker, M. J.; Henry, A.; Taylor, R.; Hunt, N. T. Analytical Chemistry 2017, 89 10898.
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