Recently I made the trip up to the University of Leeds along with fellow Glowacki group member Dasha Shchepanovska. These meetings used to be an annual occurrence and have been revitalised this year thanks to the hard work of Dr Dan Stone and Dr Julia Lehman. Gas kinetics is not a subject that often breaches into the public consciousness. Kinetics is simply the study of how quickly given molecules react with each other and what new molecule is produced. In the gas phase we are interested in diverse environments such as the earths atmosphere, the inside of a combustion engine and the chemistry in the cold depths of space and as such this field is at the forefront of efforts to understand and predict climate change and to probe the origins of life in outer space.
This meeting gathered researchers from all over the UK, from Bristol, Oxford and London up to York, and Edinburgh and was a great environment to present work and exchange ideas. I signed up to give a talk and took the opportunity to unveil the software I have been writing over the past year called ChemDyME ( name subject to change) designed to automatically map complex networks of reactions and calculate the rate at which the system evolves. This code is designed to work in a black box manner to compliment experimental measurments and this was a great opportunity to introduce my code to the wide array of experimental groups who were present is Leeds. The picture above shows ChemDyME mapping the various reactions in a key combustion system. Watch this space for more details about ChemDyME or contact me.