Dr Basile Curchod
BSc, MSc, PhD
Our research group uses theoretical and computational chemistry to understand how light interacts with molecules.
- Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
- Quantum dynamics
- Nonadiabatic Dynamics
Associate ProfessorSchool of Chemistry
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In March 2022, Basile moved to the Centre for Computational Chemistry at the University of Bristol as an Associate Professor in Theoretical Chemistry. Basile is the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2022 Marlow Award, the PCCP Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award, and the 2023 Journal of Physical Chemistry A and PHYS Division Lectureship Award from the American Chemical Society.
The main pillars of our scientific research are the development and the application of theoretical methods for studying the dynamics of molecules in their electronically excited states.
Our research focuses on the development and the applications of theoretical methods for simulating the dynamics of molecules beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, i.e., when the coupling between electronic and nuclear motion cannot be neglected and leads to the appearance of the so-called nonadiabatic effects. The breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation is common for photoinduced and electron-transfer processes, e.g. photochemical reactions, photosynthesis, solar cells, retinal isomerization in the primary step of vision, chemiluminescence, or in atmospheric chemistry, and leads to fascinating phenomena. In fact, nonadiabatic effects are ubiquitous as soon as a given chemical process requires more than one electronic state for its description, but their theoretical description remains an important and arduous challenge due to the necessity of revisiting several critical approximations commonly employed in theoretical chemistry.
Projects and supervisions
8084 - SINDAM - ERC 803718 - Basile Curchod
Managing organisational unitSchool of Chemistry
01/03/2022 to 30/06/2024
A Photochemical Reaction in Different Theoretical Representations
Journal of Physical Chemistry A
A Theoretical Perspective on the Actinic Photochemistry of 2-Hydroperoxypropanal
Journal of Physical Chemistry A
- E-pub ahead of print
Calculating Photoabsorption Cross-Sections for Atmospheric Volatile Organic Compounds
ACS Earth and Space Chemistry
Extended Conjugation Attenuates the Quenching of Aggregation-Induced Emitters by Photocyclization Pathways
Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
- Accepted/In press
From phosphorescence to delayed fluorescence in one step
Journal of Materials Chemistry C
I obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Durham University and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2021.
Advanced Chemical Models and Predictions (CHEM30032): Unit director and lecturer.
Advanced Applications of Computing in Chemistry (CHEM30023): lecturer.
Building Blocks of Chemistry (CHEM10013): lecturer for tutorials and workshops.
Quantitative Chemistry I & II (CHEM10004): lecturer.
Final-year project (BSc and MSci): supervisor.
Group Project in Scientific Computing (SCIF30004): supervisor.