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Stephen Meech has been at UEA since 1994. His research is focused on understanding ultrafast dynamics of complex condensed phase systems including liquid state dynamics, fast photochemical reactions andphotoactive proteins. He maintains a number of national and international research collaborations which facilitates the application of ultrafast methods to some of the most interesting and challenging problems. Prior to joining UEA he was an Inoue Foundation fellow at IMS Japan and an EPSRC fellow at The University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He has held two JSPS fellowships in Japan and was a visiting researcher at RIKEN Tokyo.

Selected Publications

A. Lukacs, P. J. Tonge and S. R. Meech ‘Photophysics of the Blue Light Using Flavin Domain’ Accounts Chem. Res. 2022, 55, 402 – 414  DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.1c00659

P. Roy, G. Bressan, J. Gretton, A. N. Cammidge and S. R. Meech ‘Ultrafast Excimer Formation and Solvent Controlled Symmetry Breaking Charge Separation in the Excitonically Coupled Subphthalocyanine Dimer’ Angew. Chemie. 2021, 60, 10568 – 72   DOI: 10.1002/anie.202101572 

C. R. Hall, J. Tolentino, J. Iuliano, K. Adamczyk, A. Lukacs, G. M. Greetham, I. Sazanovich, P. J. Tonge and S. R. Meech ‘Site Specific Protein Dynamics Probed by Ultrafast Infrared Spectroscopy of a Noncanonical Amino Acid’ J. Phys. Chem. B, 2019, 123, 9592 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b09425

S. P. Laptenok, A. Gil, C. R. Hall, A. Lukacs, J. N. Iuliano, G. Jones, G. M. Greetham, P. Donaldson, A. Miyawaki, P. J. Tonge, and S. R. Meech ‘Infrared spectroscopy reveals multistep multiple-timescale photoactivation in the photoconvertible protein archetype dronpa’, Nat. Chem. 2018, 10, 845-52  DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0073-0

J. Conyard, I. A. Heisler, Y. Chan, P. C. B. Page, S. R. Meech* and L. Blancafort* ‘A New Twist in the Photophysics of the GFP Chromophore: A Volume-Conserving Molecular Torsion Couple’ Chemical Science 2018, 9, 1803-12 DOI: 10.1039/C7SC04091A 

C. R. Hall, J. Conyard, I. A. Heisler, G. Jones, J. Frost, W. R. Browne, B. L. Feringa and S. R. Meech ‘Ultrafast Dynamics In Photomolecular Rotors Probed By Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Scattering’ J. Amer. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 7408–14 DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b03599


Key Research Interests

My principal research interest is in the development and application of ultrafast methods in spectroscopy. Current methods include ultrafast two-dimensional spectroscopy, ultrafast (sub 50 fs) fluorescence up-conversion, transient absorption, Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy and optical Kerr effect spectroscopy. These are applied to investigate a number of complex systems including:  coupled chromophore arrays; molecular motors; photoactive fluorescent proteins; blue light sensing proteins; molecular structure and dynamics in aqueous solution.

Areas of Expertise

Applications of lasers to study ultrafast events in liquids proteins and colloids; dynamics and kinetics of interfaces; surface photochemistry; nonlinear optics.

Teaching Interests

I teach courses across the spectrum of physical chemistry and chemical physics, from first to Masters years.

Administrative Posts

Research Group or Lab Membership

Senior Research Associates

  • Dr Giovanni Bressan
  • Dr Anam Fatima


  • Project Students


    Former Members (* Phd Student, last known position - updates and links welcome)

    • Dr Palas Roy (Associate Prof. IIT Bhubaneswar, India)
    • Dr Katrin Adamczyk (Education Sector Germany)
    • Dr Chris Hall (Senior Research Fellow, School of Chemistry. University of Melbourne)
    • Dr Franco V. Almeida Camargo* (CNR Research Fellow, Physics, Politecnico Milan)
    • Dr Siarhei Laptenok (Research Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
    • MSc Roberta Moca
    • Dr Kiri Addison* (Cyber data specialist, civil service)
    • Dr Francesca Palombo (Professor in Physics, Exeter University)
    • Dr. Kamila Mazur* (National Instruments, USA)
    • Dr. Jamie Conyard* (Teacher)
    • Dr. Rui-Kun Zhao* (Teaching Fellow South Bank University)
    • Prof. Andras Lukcas - (Prof of Biophysics, University Pec) andras.lukacs@aok.pte.hu
    • Dr. Minako Kondo* - (Research Technician, Hamamatsu University Medical School, Advanced research facilities)
    • Dr. Jerome Nappa  
    • Dr Ismael Heisler (Professor in Physics, UFRGS, Brazil)
    • Dr. James Rice - (Lecturer in Physics University College Dublin) james.rice@ucd.ie
    • Dr. Jesus Garduno-Mejia (Prof in Physics Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Méxicojesus.garduno@ccadet.unam.mx
    • Dr Mike Hope*  
    • Dr Michael Higlett* (Scientist Health Protection Agency) michael.higlett@hpa.org.uk
    • M.Sc. Lesley Jaggard  
    • Dr. James Mann*
    • Dr Neil Hunt (Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of York)
    • Dr Andy Jaye* (Post doc Stony Brook University)
    • Dr Daren Burke* (Post doc University College London)
    • Dr Tomas Vondrak (Senior Research Associate University Leeds)
    • Dr Naomi Webber* (Government Relations, Lewis Burke Associates, Washington, Naomi@lewis-burke.com))
    • Dr Konstanin Litvinenko (Senior Research Technician, University Surrey)
    • Dr Neil Smith* (Software Engineering Manager, Innovation at Plexsys UK)
    • Dr Shujie Lin (Institute of Optical Science, Toronto)
    • Dr David Lennon (Prof. Physical Chemistry, Glasgow University)
    • Dr Robert Kidd* (Astra Zeneca)
    • Dr Michael Morgenthaler* (at Heriot watt University, Strathclyde police)




  • Chemistry
  • Ultrafast
  • Solvation
  • Two-dimensional
  • Interface
  • Fluorescence
  • Molecular Motor
  • Fluorescent Protein
  • Confined water
  • Water dynamics
  • Transient IR

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