Professor Stuart MackenzieBack to People

Subjects: Chemistry
Department: Chemistry
College appointment: Tutorial Fellow
Phone: 01865 286794


I read for a DPhil in Physical Chemistry at Magdalen 1992-96 after a first degree in Physics and Chemistry at Leeds University. I then worked as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in Boulder, Colorado with Professor David Nesbitt and as a Ramsay Memorial Fellow back in Oxford. I then held University Lectureships at the Universities of Warwick (1999-2006) and Cambridge (2006-08) before returning to Magdalen as Tutorial Fellow in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. I am now Professor of Chemistry in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.


All aspects of physical and theoretical chemistry

Research Interests

I run a research group within the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory with research interests spanning gas-phase spectroscopy and dynamics and spin dynamics in protein systems. In particular, we use a combination of experimental and computational approaches to study the structure and chemical reactivity of isolated transition metal clusters as models of active sites on heterogeneous catalysts. In other projects we develop cavity-enhanced absorption techniques for the study of dynamical phenomena in condensed phase and at interfaces. Much of the latter work is aimed at identifying the chemical basis for magnetosensitivity in animals.

Selected Publications


Broadband Cavity-Enhanced Detection of Magnetic Field Effects in Chemical Models of a Cryptochrome Magnetoreceptor
J. Phys. Chem. B., 118, 4177, 2014

Imaging the photodissociation dynamics of neutral metal clusters: copper dimer, Cu2 and copper oxide, CuO,
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16, 458, 2014

Collisional Activation of N2O Decomposition and CO Oxidation Reactions on Isolated Rhodium Clusters
J. Phys. Chem. A, 117, 8855, 2013

The structures of platinum oxide clusters in the gas phase
J. Phys. Chem., 117, 1233, 2013

Dissociation dynamics of the low-lying Rydberg states of Xe2: A velocity map imaging study
Mol. Phys., 110, 2465, 2012

Infrared driven CO oxidation reactions on isolated platinum cluster oxides, PtnOm+
Faraday Discussion, 157, 213, 2012

Effects of coadsorbed oxygen on the infrared driven decomposition of N2O on isolated Rh5+ clusters
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2, 3053, 2011

Following radical pair reactions in solution: A step change in sensitivity using cavity ring-down detection
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 17807, 2011

Photodissociation dynamics of Li(NH3)4: A velocity map imaging study
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2, 257, 2011

Evanescent wave – cavity based spectroscopic techniques as probes of interfacial processes
Chem. Soc. Rev., 40, 207, 2011

Kinetics of porphyrin adsorption and DNA-assisted desorption at the silica – water interface
Langmuir, 26, 4004, 2010

Infrared Induced Reactivity on the Surface of isolated Size-Selected Clusters: Dissociation of N2O on Rhodium Clusters
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132, 1448, 2010