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Dr Alston J Misquitta
College Lecturer in Chemistry
Murray Edwards College
Cavendish Office: Room 520, Mott Building
College Office: Room FC10
E-mail: am592 at cam.ac.uk
Dr. Alston J. Misquitta is a theoretical chemist who received his PhD at the University of Delaware in 2004, on the subject of intermolecular perturbation theory. He joined Cambridge in 2004, when he took up a postdoctoral research post in the Department of Chemistry with Prof. Anthony J. Stone. In 2005 he joined Girton College as the Rosamund Chambers Research Fellow in Chemistry and simultaneously joined the group of Prof. Sally L. Price at University College London. He currently works in the Cavendish Laboratory, and has been a College Lecturer at Murray Edwards College since 2009.
His main research focus is concerned with understanding molecular aggregation from first principles, which he addresses through theoretical approaches. Dr. Misquitta has developed an electronic structure method called SAPT(DFT) and has written computer programs which implement this and other theoretical methods which are used by over 300 research groups worldwide. Practical outcomes include applications in the fields of organic crystals, soot formation in combustion engines, surface science and nano-materials.
He has received awards for his work from the Indian Institute of Technology, the University of Delaware, and Cambridge University.
Dr. Misquitta takes an interest in the history of science, calligraphy, baking and cycling, where he has participated in fundraising cycling rides in aid of Multiple Sclerosis in Delaware and in aid of the British Heart Foundation.