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Current Group Members

Jonathan Tennyson: Principal Investigator

Jonathan Tennyson

email | www

Jonathan is founder and principal investigator of the ExoMol projects. He has been at UCL since 1985 as "New Blood" Lecturer and by 2011 was Head of Department. In the interim period his group started computing molecular line lists at the rate of about one every 3 years. In 2011 he stepped down from Head of Department to lead the ExoMol project. 

Sergey Yurchenko: Project Manager

Sergey Yurchenko

email | @TroveMaster

Sergey is  manager of the ExoMol project. He is a developer of the polyatomic general variational code TROVE and diatomic program Duo. Sergey is a senior lecturer at Physics and Astronomy UCL currently teaching Mathematical Methods to undegraduates. 

Christian Hill

Christian Hill

email | www | @scipython3

Christian has been a member of the ExoMol group since 2010 and has been involved in the creation of several line lists. He also wrote and maintains this website.

Laura McKemmish

Laura McKemmish

email | www | @laura_mckemmish

Laura considers herself to be a quantum chemist and molecular physicist. Her expertise is in theoretical and computational modelling of the molecules, particularly their spectroscopy. She loves interdisciplinary work and combining interesting methods with interesting applications.

She has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship to start in July 2016. During this fellowship, she will be working with Jonathan on theoretical methods to treat cold and ultracold atom-diatom collisions.

From September 2014 – June 2016, she worked on theoretical calculations of the full rovibronic spectroscopy of transition metal diatomics like TiO and VO; these molecules are of high interest to astronomers as they are dominant absorbers of visible light in cool stars and hot Jupiter exoplanets. 
Barry Mant

Barry Mant

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Barry did his undergraduate degree in chemistry at The University of Aberdeen. He then went on to do a PhD with Dr Mark Law with the title, "Antimatter Chemistry". Barry joined the ExoMol project in 2016. His research is in investigating and applying methods of calculating line lists for hydrocarbon molecules.
Andrey Yachmenev

Andrey Yachmenev

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Oleg Polyansky

Oleg Polyansky

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Katy Chubb: PhD student

Katy Chubb

email | @katychubb

Katy has been a PhD student with the ExoMol group since September 2014. She has a background in astrophysics where she gained an interest in quantum mechanics. She is working towards a hot linelist for acetylene for use in characterising exoplanet and cool star atmospheres and is interested in the singularities relating to linear molecules. She is also currently working with the Twinkle team on the ORBYTS project and the Mayors Fund for London Astronomy Club.

Ahmed Al-Refaie: PhD student

Ahmed Al-Refaie

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Emil Żak: PhD student

Emil Żak

email | www

Emil is a PhD student supervised by Jonathan Tennyson. His project aims in computation of highly accurate ro-vibrational line lists for isotopologues of carbon dioxide. These may serve as theoretical reference model for precise measurements of atmospheric concentration of this greenhouse gas. His research interests range from nuclear motion theory of electronic excited states, through quantum electrodynamics of ultra-cold molecules, to fundamental concepts as the geometric phase in Quantum Mechanics.
Phillip Coles: PhD student

Phillip Coles

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Tom Rivlin: PhD student

Tom Rivlin

email | www | @tomrivlin

Tom is a PhD student working under Jonathan Tennyson. He graduated in 2015 from Imperial College with an MSci in Physics with Theoretical Physics. Currently, he is writing code to simulate heavy particle scattering using the R-Matrix methodology. In 2014 he did a summer project with the ExoMol group, generating the full rovibronic spectrum of Sodium Hydride, NaH.
Alec Owens: PhD student

Alec Owens

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Former Group Members

Clara Sousa-Silva

Clara Sousa-Silva

email | www | @clara__ss

Clara is a molecular astrophysicist at UCL and a science teacher as part of the Researchers in Schools (RIS) initiative. For her her PhD, Clara simulated the spectra of the phosphine molecule so it could be detected on alien atmospheres. Alongside her research where she searches for new habitable planets, Clara works as an advocate for encouraging more girls into STEM fields. With the support of Goldman Sachs, RIS and UCL, she is responsible for the educational programme for the Twinkle space mission, EduTwinkle. Most recently, Clara has set up ORBYTS (Original Research By Young Twinkle Students). She has spoken, taught and researched at many institutions including the Josef Stephan’s Institute, the ULO Observatory, Downing St, Edinburgh University and MIT.

Lorenzo Lodi

Lorenzo Lodi

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Emma Barton: PhD student

Emma Barton

email | @EJ_astrogeo

Emma is a third year PhD student. Her work includes calculation of diatomic line lists (SiO, NaCl, KCl and contribution to CS), analysis of FTIR absorption spectra (NH3, CH4) and computation of pressure broadened cross-sections from the ExoMol line lists. The cross-sections are intended for implementation in Tau-REx, a new spectral retrieval code from the Exoplanet group at UCL.

Daniel Underwood: PhD student

Daniel Underwood

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Maire Gorman: PhD student

Maire Gorman

email | www | @MaireNeilsonG

Maire started her PhD in the ExoMol group in October 2012 in which she calculated linelists for the diatomic hydrides of CrH and MnH. During her time in London she tutored for The Brilliant Club in East London and worked as a PostGraduate Teaching Assistant in the department and at ULO. She is now a permanent Teaching Fellow at Aberystwyth University, Wales.
Renia Diamantopoulou: PhD student

Renia Diamantopoulou

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