Biography

Dr Ashworth was awarded both his BA in Chemistry and his DPhil from Oxford University. Later postdoctoral work was with Professor D.J. Nesbitt at JILA and later with Dr K.M. Evenson at NIST, both of which are in Boulder, Colorado. He was then awarded a Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship and an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellowship to study femtosecond dynamics at the newly established Max-Born Institute in Berlin.

The award of an EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 1996 allowed him to return to England. The first part of the Fellowship was held in the School of Chemistry at Bristol University. Dr Ashworth was appointed to a post at the UEA in 1999 but chose to transfer the remainder of his Advanced Fellowship and became a Lecturer in 2001. He received the UEA Excellence in Teaching award in 2002.

Although his research career has concentrated on high resolution spectroscopy, and spectroscopy applied to atmospheric chemistry, using a number of laser techniques, he is now much more involved with the communication of science. Over the years has won a number of grants for his communication activities. In 2018 he was awarded an Inspirational Member Award, by the Royal Society of Chemistry, for his Kitchen Chemistry outreach work. In 2009 he was awarded a CUE East Individual Award for Engagement. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Scifest Africa, and Curator of the 2019 festival.

Selected Publications

Stephen H. Ashworth
Kitchen Chemistry: practical chemistry with simple equipment and readily available materials.
African Journal of Chemical Education, 2018, 8(2), 124 - 143

Susan E. Matthews, Samy Cecioni, John E. O'Brein, Colin J. MacDonald, David L. Hughes, Garth A. Jones, Stephen H. Ashworth and Sebasiten Vidal
Fixing the Conformation of Calix[4]arenes: When Are Three Carbons Not Enough?
Chemistry, a European Journal,  2018, 17, 4436-4444

Magda van Leeuwen, Andrew Beeby, Stephen H. Ashworth.
The photochemistry and photophysics of a series of non-peripherally substituted zinc phthalocyanines
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2010, 3, 370-375
DOI: 10.1039/B9PP00107G

Raphael Vallon, Stephen H. Ashworth, Patrick Crozet, Robert W. Field, Damien Forthomme, Heather Harker, Cyril Richard and Amanda J. Ross.
Room-Temperature Metal-Hydride Discharge Source, with Observations on NiH and FeH
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2009, 113, 13159–13166
DOI: 10.1021/jp9033968

Career

  • 1991-2 - Postdoctoral research assistant, Physical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.
  • 1992-2 - Research Associate, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1992-3 - Guest Researcher, National Institute for Standards and Technology Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1993-4 - Royal Society European Exchange Fellow, Max-Born Institut für Nichtlinear Optik und Ultrakurzzeit-Spektroskopie, Berlin, Germany.
  • 1994-6 - Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Fellow, Max-Born Institut für Nichtlinear Optik und Ultrakurzzeit-Spektroskopie, Berlin, Germany.
  • 1996-9 - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Advanced Fellow in the School of Chemistry, Bristol University.
  • 1999-2001 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Advanced Fellow in the School of Chemical Sciences, University of East Anglia.
  • 2001-2008 - Lecturer: School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of East Anglia.
  • 2008-2009 - Senior Lecturer: School of Chemical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of East Anglia.
  • 2009-2011 - Senior Lecturer: School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia and Associate Dean for Admissions (Science Faculty)
  • 2011- 2018 - Reader in Chemistry and Head of Natural Sciences
  • 2018 - 2019 - Reader in Chemistry
  • 2019 - present Professor of Chemical Physics and Science Communication

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