Researcher

Dr Laura McKemmish

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Biography

I consider myself to be a quantum chemist and molecular physicist. My expertise is in theoretical and computational modelling of molecules, particularly their spectroscopy. I love interdisciplinary work and combining interesting methods with interesting applications.

To find out more about me, check out this blog entry.  


My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, conferred May 2015


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I consider myself to be a quantum chemist and molecular physicist. My expertise is in theoretical and computational modelling of molecules, particularly their spectroscopy. I love interdisciplinary work and combining interesting methods with interesting applications.

To find out more about me, check out this blog entry.  


My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, conferred May 2015


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I supervise in many areas of method development and spectroscopic applications of theoretical and computational quantum chemistry. 

For example, one key area of interest is the development of molecular data for astronomy; see here for my 2020 talk on the topic. 


Currently supervising

PhD students

  • Juan Camilo Zapata, UNSW, 2020-. Project: Approximate infrared spectra of >16,000 biomolecules.

  • Anna-Maree Syme, UNSW, 2018-. Project: Determining the best transitions to measure proton-to-electron mass variation astrophysically.

    • Finalist Presenter at 2018 Quantum and Computational Chemistry Summer School

    • Poster Prize at 2019 Asian-Pacific Conference of Theoretical and Computational Chemists


My Engagement


My Teaching

I lecture into CHEM3011: Quantum Nature of Molecules - from Earth to Space on Fundamentals of Computational Quantum Chemistry.

I co-developed and lead Python for Chemistry Honours course open for auditors (2020-)

I lead Professional Chemistry Skills Workshops in CHEM1031: Higher Chemistry 1A: Atoms, Molecules and Energy.

I coordinate CHEM2999: Special Projects in Chemistry

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Videos

How we can use spectroscopy to find aliens (and all sorts of other cool things)
Research Talk, October 2020
ExoMol: Worlds Apart
Molecular spectroscopic line lists