Prof Graeme Watson
Prof. Watson leads the Computational Chemistry Group in the School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin. The group uses advanced computational techniques to study a range of problems at the atomic level. These include; solid state problems such as transparent conducting oxides, magnetic semiconductors, fast ion conductors, lithium batteries etc. Prof. Watson's group looks at surface structure and reactivity including surface reconstruction, thin films, molecular adsorption, catalysis, surface oxidation and reduction. They also examine molecular properties such as organic reaction mechanisms, molecular excited states and optoelectronic material. There is additionally a focus on chemical biology including protein structure, conformational flexibility and protein-ligand interactions.
Prof. Watson completed a PhD in Chemistry in 1994 and held postdoctoral fellowships at Bath, Liverpool and Cardiff. In 2000 Graeme took up a lectureship in the department of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin and was made a fellow of Trinity College in 2002. Graeme was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004 and then Associate Professor in 2006. Prof Watson has served as Head of School, Deputy Head of the Department, Head of Discpline - Physical, computational and Materials Chemistry, Director of the Moderatorship of Computational Chemistry and Director of the Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing, all between the years 2004 and 2007. Currently he is both the Director of Teaching and Learning (UG) and Director of the Moderatorship of Chemistry with Molecular Modelling.