Dr. Tom Oliver is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Proleptic Associate Professor (Reader) at the University of Bristol in the School of Chemistry. His primary research interests lie in the field of ultrafast dynamics. Specifically, he studies energy and charge-transfer in biomolecules, light harvesting and photovoltaic systems using multidimensional optical spectroscopies.
Between 2011 and 2015, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he developed a new optical spectroscopy, two-dimensional electronic-vibrational spectroscopy, to explore coupled electronic-nuclear motion in carotenoids and light harvesting complexes. In 2011, Tom obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol. His PhD thesis focused on the non-adiabatic dynamics of small heteroaromatic molecules in the gas phase and how these dynamics transferred, or were altered, in solution.
To date, he has published 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters. His research has been featured in journals such as Science, Nature Physics and PNAS. You can contact Tom via email at: tom.oliverATbristol.ac.uk