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Professor Barry Carpenter

Professor Barry Carpenter

Professor Barry Carpenter

Visiting Professor in Chemistry

Office W224
School of Chemistry,
Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS
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Research summary

My research interests focus on reaction mechanisms.  For many decades, the concept of a reaction mechanism for a thermal reaction has consisted of identifying the stationary points (stable compounds, reactive intermediates, and transition states) on the ground-state potential energy surface, and then enumerating the paths that connect them.  However, in recent years it has become apparent that this is not a sufficient model for a complete mechanistic description.  One problem with it is that the connecting paths can bifurcate in regions that do not correspond to stationary points (see diagram for an example).  When this happens ...

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Biography

I obtained a B.Sc. in Molecular Sciences from the University of Warwick and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UCL (working with H. M. R. Hoffmann).  I then moved to the United States, initially as a NATO postdoctoral fellow at Yale University (working with Jerome Berson) and then at Cornell University as a staff member.  I stayed there for over 30 years, before moving back to the UK in 2006 to take up a position as the Director of the Physical Organic Chemistry Centre at Cardiff University.

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Recent publications

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