School Of Physics
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Present: UCD, Dublin, Ireland. Physics. Lecturer.
2000 to 2003: Powerlase Ltd, Gatwick, UK. Director, CTO, co-founder.
1999 to 2001: Imperial College, London, UK. Chemistry. Lecturer.
1997 to 1999: LLNL, CA, US. Advanced laser development for industrial materials processing. PI and Team Leader.
Post doctoral research positions
1995 to 1997: Imperial College, London, UK. Chemistry.
1994-1995: Lund Institute of Technology, Lund, Sweden. Atomic Physics.
1992-1994: Imperial College London UK, and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot UK.
Honours and Awards
| Year: 2000.
Title: Governors Award, Imperial College
|Patent WO2009147425 : Apparatus and method for sample analysis|
|Patent WO03009439 : Laser apparatus|
|Patent WO03009433 : Laser apparatus|
|Patent WO02091807 : High flux, high energy photon source|
|Patent WO0223683 : Pulse laser resonator|
|Patent WO0219781 : Electromagnetic radiation generation using a laser produced plasma|
|Patent WO0124325 : Tapered laser rod|
| Year 1993 Institution: Imperial College, London, UK
Qualification: PhD Subject:
| Year 1989 Institution: Imperial College, London, UK
Qualification: BSc Subject:
|Ian P. Mercer; (2004) 'Industrial Application of Lasers' In: Ian P. Mercer; (eds). Encyclopedia of Modern Optics. Oxford: Elsevier. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|I. P. Mercer; (2010) 'Angle-Resolved Coherent Optical Wave Mixing'. Physical Review A, 82 . [Details]|
|Ian P. Mercer, Yasin C. El-Taha, Nathaniel Kajumba, Jonathan P. Marangos, John W. G. Tisch, Mads Gabrielsen, Richard J. Cogdell, Emma Springate & Edmund Turcu; (2009) 'Instantaneous Mapping of Coherently Coupled Electronic Transitions and Energy Transfers in a Photosynthetic Complex Using Angle Resolved Coherent Optical Wave Mixing'. Physical Review Letters, 102 . [Details]|
|Ross C. Walker, Ian P. Mercer, Ian R. Gould and David R. Klug; (2007) 'A Comparison of Basis Set Effects and the Performance of Ab Initio and DFT Methods for Probing Equilibrium Fluctuations'. Journal of Computational Chemistry, 28 (2):478-490. [Details]|
|B.M. Cho, R.C.Walker, H. Amer, I. Mercer, D.R. Klug, I.R. Gould; (2005) 'Effect of adiabaticity on electron dynamics in zinc myoglobin'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, . [Details]|
|R.C. Walker, M.M. de Souza, I.P. Mercer, I.R. Gould, D.R. Klug; (2002) 'Large and fast relaxations inside a protein: Calculation and measurement of reorganization energies in alcohol dehydrogenase'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, . [Details]|
|I.P. Mercer et.al; (2002) 'EUV light source and laser considerations for scalability and high-energy conversion efficiency'. PROCEEDINGS OF S.P.I.E, . [Details]|
|Y. Tachibana, S.A. Haque, I.P. Mercer, J.E. Moser, D.R. Klug, J.R. Durrant; (2001) 'Modulation of the rate of electron injection in dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 films by externally applied bias'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, . [Details]|
|Y.Tachibana, S.A.Haque, I.P.Mercer, J.R.Durrant and D.R.Klug; (2000) 'Electron injection and recombination in dye sensitised nanocrystalline titanium dioxide films: a comparison of ruthenium bipyridyl and porphyrin sensitiser dyes'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, . [Details]|
|C.Tillman, G.Grafstrom, A.Jonsson, B.Jonsson, I.Mercer, S.Mattsson, S.Strand and S. Svanberg; (1999) 'Survival of mammalian cells exposed to ultrahigh dose-rates from a laser-produced plasma X-ray source'. RADIOLOGY, . [Details]|
|J.R. Durrant, Y. Tachibana, I. Mercer, J.E. Moser, M. Gratzel, D.R. Klug; (1999) 'The excitation wavelength and solvent dependence of the kinetics of electron injection in Ru(dcbpy)(2)(NCS)(2) sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 films'. International Journal of Research in Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics, . [Details]|
|I.P.Mercer, I.R.Gould, D.R.Klug; (1999) 'A Quantum Mechanical/Molecular Mechanical approach to solvation dynamics: calculation of the optical properties of solvated Bacteriochlorophyll-a'. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 103 (36). [Details]|
|Ian P. Mercer, Stefan Abend, Ian R. Gould, David R. Klug; (1998) 'A Quantum Mechanical/Molecular Mechanical Approach to Solvation Dynamics Tested by Three Pulse Photon Echo Measurements'. Springer Series in Chemical Physics, 63 . [Details]|
|C.Altucci, C. Delfin, M.B.Gaarde, A.L'Huillier, I.Mercer, T.Starczewski and C.-G. Walstrom; (1998) 'Frequency-resolved time-gated high-order harmonics'. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, . [Details]|
|R.J.Tompkins, I.P.Mercer, M.Fettweis, C.J.Barnett, D.R.Klug, L.G.Porter, I.Clark, S.Jackson, P.Matousek, A.W.Parker, M.Towrie; (1998) '5-20 keV laser-induced x-ray generation at 1 kHz from a liquid-jet target'. REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, . [Details]|
|E.Mevel, I. Mercer, R. Zerne, A.L'Huillier, P. Antoine, C.G.Wahlstrom; (1997) 'The control of the spatial mode of higher-order harmonics'. Annales de Physique, . [Details]|
|I.P.Mercer, I.R.Gould, D.R.Klug; (1997) 'Optical properties of solvated molecules calculated by a QMMM method: Chlorophyll-a and Bacteriochlorophyll-a'. Philosophical Transactions: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, . [Details]|
|I.Mercer, E.Mevel, R.Zerne, A.L'Huillier, P.Antoine, C.G.Wahlstrom; (1996) 'Spatial Mode Control of High-Order Harmonics'. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, . [Details]|
|C.Tillman, I.Mercer, S.Svanberg, K.Herrlin; (1996) 'Elemental Biological Imaging by Differential Absorption Using a Laser-Produced X-ray Source'. Journal of the Optical Society of America B-Optical Phy, 13 (1). [Details]|
|M.Gratz, C.Tillman, I.Mercer, S.Svanberg; (1996) 'X_ray Generation for Medical Applications from a Laser-produced Plasma'. APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE, . [Details]|
|F.Zhou, I.P.Mercer, M.H.R.Hutchinson, C.N.Danson, C.B.Edwards,; (1995) 'Double-side Pumped Ti:sapphire Regenerative Pre-amplifier Operating at 1.053nm Wavelength'. ELECTRONICS LETTERS, . [Details]|
|S.Kohlweyer, G.D. Tsakiris, C.G.Wahlstrom, C.Tillman, I.Mercer; (1995) 'Harmonic Generation from Solid-Vacuum Interface Irradiated at High Laser Intensities'. OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, . [Details]|
|T.Ditmire, M.H.R.Hutchinson, M.Key, C.L.Lewis, A.Macphee, I.Mercer, D.Neely, M.Perry, R.Smith, J.Wark and M.Zepf ; (1995) 'Amplification of XUV Harmonic Radiation in a Gallium Amplifier'. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, . [Details]|
|I.P.Mercer, Z.Chang, C.N.Danson, C.B.Edwards, M.H.R. Hutchinson, M.R.G.Miller; (1994) 'Diode-Pumped Picosecond Nd:YLF Laser Oscillator at 1053 nm'. OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, . [Details]|
|C.N.Danson, L.Barzanti, Z.Chang, A. Damerell, C.B.Edwards, S.Hancock, M.H.R.Hutchinson, M.H.Key, S.Luan, R.Mahadeo, I.P.Mercer, P.Norreys, D.A.Pepler, D.A.Rodkiss, I.N.Ross, M.A.Smith, R.A.Smith, P.F.Taday, W.T.Toner, K.Wigmore, T.B.Winstone, R.W.Wyatt and F.Zhou; (1993) 'High Contrast multi-terawatt pulse generation using chirped pulse amplification on the VULCAN laser facility'. OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, . [Details]|
Recent research is highlighted in the STFC UK government report of 2009: see www.stfc.ac.uk/highlights (p.16). For lay articles, see also:
The investigation of protein dynamics under physiological conditions. This research is rate-limited by ultra-fast laser-based techniques and technologies, which I have built to my own design ahead of vendor-availability. In separate academic beaks, I have led an industrial programme at LLNL (US) and co-founded a high power laser spin-out company from Imperial College (UK), both focused to advancing laser technology to enable new applications such as next generation lithography and materials processing. I have developed Quantum Mechanical/Molecular Mechanical optical response protocols for the simulation of enzymes and biomolecules, and I have also developed: nanomaterials; x-ray lasers; and ultra-high brightness biomedical x-ray imaging.
Imperial College, London, UK