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Name Dr David Tew
Job title Visiting Senior Research Fellow
Department School of Physics University of Bristol
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Qualifications MSci, PhD(Cantab)
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Keywords accurate potential energy surfaces
reaction dynamics
molecules
energy changes
potential energy surface
vibrational motion of the nuclei
nuclei
Areas of expertise Accurate potential energy surfaces and reaction dynamics

Molecules are not static objects. They are continuously in motion, vibrating and sometimes reacting from one chemical species to another. A knowledge of how the energy changes as the nuclei move (i.e. the potential energy surface) is crucial to the understanding the chemistry of these dynamical processes. If we are able to compute the potential energy surface, we can then simulate the vibrational motion of the nuclei, determine reaction pathways and predict reaction rates. In my group we develop and apply accurate and efficient methods for computing potential energy surfaces and simulating the motion of the nuclei.