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Dr Basile Curchod

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44065
Room number: CG301

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Basile F. E. Curchod obtained his PhD in theoretical chemistry in 2013 at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), under the direction of Dr. Ivano Tavernelli and co-direction of Prof. Ursula Roethlisberger. He was then invited for a short stay in the laboratory of Prof. Clémence Corminboeuf (EPFL, Lausanne).
In early 2014, he was awarded an Early.PostDoc grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation to join the group of Prof. Todd J. Martínez at Stanford University (USA).
In December 2015, he initiated a short postdoctoral stay in the Theory Group directed by Prof. Eberhard K. U. Gross, at the Max Planck Institute in Halle (Germany).
He has then been awarded a Marie Curie Research Fellowship to join, in May 2016, the Centre for Computational Chemistry at the University of Bristol (UK), working with Dr. David R. Glowacki.
In November 2017, he became Assistant Professor in Theoretical Chemistry at Durham University (UK), and in September 2018 he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

Research Groups

Department of Chemistry

  • Computational and Dynamics

Research Interests

  • Nonadiabatic dynamics
  • Theoretical photochemistry
  • Theory of coupled electron-nuclear dynamics
  • Application to atmospheric molecules and energy-related devices

Selected Publications

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Chemistry: Interaction between light and molecules
  • Theory and Dynamics: Interaction between light and molecules
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics: Interaction between light and molecules

Selected Grants

  • 2020: A novel flexible format for departmental seminars improving inclusion at Durham University (£3800.00 from Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund)
  • 2019: SINDAM (£1218672.82 from Interreg (ERDF) Europe)