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Dr Courtney Ennis Academic, Office of Molecular Sci

Dr Ennis completed his PhD on the 'Spectroscopic identification of complex species containing water and ammonia and their importance to icy outer solar system bodies' at The University of Western Australia in 2009 under the supervision of Prof Terry Quickenden and Prof Allan McKinley. A two-year postdoctoral position at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa then followed within Prof Ralf Kaiser's Reaction Dynamics workgroup. Here, Dr Ennis investigated the effects of fast particle irradiation on planetary and interstellar ices processes that lead to the formation of important precursors for prebiotic chemistry. Skills developed with high vacuum and ion beam technologies were then transferred to a EPSRC funded instrument development project at University College London, where a surface science apparatus to study the interaction of neutrals (atomic and molecular radicals) with low-temperature surfaces was designed and constructed to accommodate overlapping research areas for Prof Stephen Price, Dr Wendy Brown and Prof Ivan Parkin. Commencing in 2013, a short Postdoc position at the Terahertz/Far-Infrared Beamline at the Australian Synchrotron allowed Dr Ennis to develop his current spectroscopic research programme toward condensed-phase (ice and aerosol) systems identified in planetary and terrestrial environments. This initiative has been supported by the ARC with the award of a DECRA fellowship, which will see Dr Ennis continue this project as a Research Fellow of the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Sciences through to 2018.


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