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Dr. Vas Stavros


Dr. Vas Stavros
Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry

BSc, PhD London




Research Summary

Application of time-resolved mass and velocity map ion imaging spectroscopies in the gas phase and transient absorption spectroscopy in the solution phase towards understanding the photoprotection mechanisms occurring in biologically important molecules such as the DNA bases. Developing new experimental techniques to identify these mechanisms based on femtosecond lasers, molecular beam and transient absorption methodologies.

Selected Publications

Investigating the photochemistry of sunscreen filter ethyl ferulate: lessons learned from gas-phase spectroscopy, N. das Neves Rodriguez, M. Staniforth, J.D. Young, Y. Peperstraete, N.C. Cole-Filipiak, J.R. Gord, P. S. Walsh, D.M. Hewett, T.S. Zwier and V.G. Stavros, Faraday Discuss., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/C6FD00079G

Combatting AMR: Photoactivatable ruthenium (II) isoniazid complex exhibits rapid selective antimycobacterial activity, N.A. Smith, P. Zhang, S.E. Greenough, M.D. Horbury, G. Clarkson, D. McFeely, A. Habtemariam, L. Salassa, V.G. Stavros, C.G. Dowson and P.J. Sadler, Chem. Sci., 2016, DOI: 10.1039/c6sc03028a

Gas-Phase Femtosecond Particle Spectroscopy: A Bottom-Up Approach to Nucleotide Dynamics, V.G. Stavros and J.R.R. Verlet. Ann. Rev. Phys. Chem., 2016, 67, 211

Photodynamics of potent antioxidants: ferulic and caffeic acids, M.D. Horbury, L.A. Baker, W.D. Quan, S.E. Greenough and V.G. Stavros. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 17691

Ultrafast photoprotective properties of the sunscreening agent octocrylene, L.A. Baker, M.D. Horbury and V.G. Stavros. Opt. Exp. 2016, 24, 10700

Excited state dynamics of a two-photon-activatable ruthenium prodrug, S.E. Greenough, M.D. Horbury, N.A. Smith, P.J. Sadler, M.J. Paterson and V.G. Stavros. ChemPhysChem. 2016, 17, 221

Ultrafast Photoprotecting Sunscreens in Natural Plants, L.A. Baker, M.D. Horbury, S.E. Greenough, F. Allais, P.S. Walsh, S. Habershon and V.G. Stavros. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2016, 7, 56

Retaining individualities: the photodynamics of self-ordering porphyrin assemblies, W.D. Quan, A. Pitto-Barry, L.A. Baker, E. Stulz, R. Napier, R.K. O'Reilly and V.G. Stavros. Chem. Comm. 2016, 52, 1938

Extreme population inversion in the fragments formed by UV photoinduced S–H bond fission in 2-thiophenethiol, R.A. Ingle, T.N.V. Karsili, G.J. Dennis, M. Staniforth, V.G. Stavros and M.N.R. Ashfold, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 11401