Chris is a DECRA fellow at the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales where he has constructed the first chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometer in the country. This technique has revolutionised rotational spectroscopy in recent years providing rapid, broadband spectra. Rotational spectroscopy is one of the few techniques that provides direct information about gas phase molecular structure. This provides insights into the conformational preference for flexible molecules, the relative strength of intermolecular bonds and internal motions. Rotational spectroscopy is also the tool that is used to identify molecules in space by comparing laboratory spectra with radio astronomy observations.
Chris obtained his PhD Monash University using the Far-IR/THz beamline at the Australian Synchrotron where he installed a new instrument onto the beamline to allow the study of cold molecules in the far-infrared. He continued this theme of instrument construction a post-doc at the Max-Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Molecules in Hamburg where he constructed a high-resolution microwave spectrometer. There he also learnt technique of CP-FTMW spectroscopy and used it study chiral molecules and to elucidate the conformational preferences of large molecules. I continued using CP-FTMW spectroscopy at Newcastle University (UK) where I used, improved, and developed advanced sampling tools to study the gas phase structure of organic molecules and compounds containing metal atoms.
Chris’ current research interests are in two themes: