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Dr Matthew Quesne

Dr Matthew Quesne

Postdoctoral Research Associate (with Prof Richard Catlow)

School of Chemistry

I completed my undergraduate studies from the University of Lancaster (United Kingdom) with specialisation in Biochemistry. I then moved to the University of Manchester to pursue my PhD studies under supervision of Dr Sam de Visser in the field of enzyme catalysis. During my PhD studies I did an exchange project at the Max-Planck Institute at Mülheim-an-der-Ruhr with Prof Walter Thiel, where I learnt the details of running QM/MM calculations. I was awarded my PhD 2014 and joined the research group headed by Dr Tomasz Borowski at the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry Polish Academy of Science in Krakow (Poland) in November 2014.

I have experience with computational modelling using various QM/MM and QM-cluster techniques. In addition, I have worked on the synthetic model complexes of many transition metal dependent catalysts. I have worked closely with many different experimental and theoretical groups to develop better industrial catalysts as well as in validating the reaction mechanisms of various biomimetic systems. In April 2016 I moved to Cardiff University to work in the group of Prof. Richard Catlow, where I am studying CO2 activation on a variety of transition metal carbides. The website for our multidisciplinary team can be found here:










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