We tackle challenges based around organic molecular structure and reaction mechanism, principally using NMR spectroscopy - the most information-rich analytical technique available to chemists. Our interests are extremely diverse, ranging from accurate internuclear-distance measurements in solution and developing software-tools for molecular structure elucidation, through experimental investigations of molecular dynamics in solution, to the structure and properties of novel ionic liquid materials - most recently surfactant-based systems with some remarkable physical behaviours.
Dr Butts is a supervisor in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis
I completed my undergraduate degree (BSc. Hons, 1st class, 1993) and PhD (under the supervision of Prof. Michael Hartshorn, 1996) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. I followed this with a post-doctoral research position (1996-1999) with Professor Roger Alder at the University of Bristol, before being appointed to a Lecturership at Exeter University (1999-2005). In 2005 I moved back to Bristol as a Research Fellow (2005-2008) and subsequently Senior Lecturer (2008-2010) and Reader (2010-).
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