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Professor Brianna Heazlewood

Professor of Chemical Physics Physics


Personal Statement

I joined Liverpool in 2021 as an EPSRC Early Career Fellow, moving from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford. I obtained my undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Our research uses low temperatures to explore how reactive collisions occur. Cold environments allow us to control the properties of reactants, providing information about the reaction processes and the underlying potential surfaces. Much of this detail is lost at higher temperatures, where thermal averaging complicates our interpretation of the dynamics at play. In the past few decades, extraordinary progress has been made in the development of techniques that allow us to manipulate cold species. We employ a number of these techniques – including laser cooling and the application of external electric and magnetic fields – to investigate reactive collisions between ions and neutral species.

Prizes or Honours

  • Philip Leverhulme Prize (Leverhulme Trust, 2022)
  • Marlow Award (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2021)
  • Henry Moseley Medal and Prize (Institute of Physics, 2020)

Funded Fellowships

  • CAMS Fellowship (2021 - 2023)
  • EPSRC Early Career Fellowship (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), 2016 - 2022)
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust, 2015 - 2018)
  • Millard and Lee Alexander Fellowship (2013 - 2015)
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship (2012 - 2015)