Dr Paul Donaldson
05 Dec 2019
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UKRI Future Leaders Fellow

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Contact details


Research Interests

I am interested in what spectroscopy can tell us about the world at the molecular level –  structure, dynamics, solvation, chemical reactivity, hydrogen bonding, energy flow, diffusion, heterogeneity and electrostatics. These are just some of the aspects of the molecular world that spectroscopy tells us about. My interest in this area of science also focusses on applying it in areas of fundamental and practical importance - heterogeneous catalysis, battery science, photo catalysis, electro catalysis, biomolecular structure and dynamics and nanoscience to name a few.

New spectroscopies are enabled and enhanced by new light sources, in particular, new laser sources. I focus on the techniques and applications of spectroscopies based on ultrafast femtosecond and picosecond laser sources in the visible and infrared part of the spectrum. 2D-IR, EVV 2D-IR spectroscopy, TR-IR, TR UV/Visible spectroscopy and IR-Vis Surface SFG are all techniques that I have used extensively and built multiple instruments to work with.


About Me

I have been doing research in 2D-IR and other kinds of ultrafast spectroscopy for more than 16 years. I started my research career during long summer placements in the late nineties in the Raman spectroscopy and Mass spectrometry labs of the University of Edinburgh. I spent several years at the University of Sussex as a research student making Rb Bose condensates and in 2002 then decided that I wanted to be involved in the development of the new techniques of ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy. I did this as a PhD student and Postdoc at Imperial College London and spent a further 4 years at the University of Zurich as a postdoc, continuing to build my experience of 2D-IR spectroscopy with some of the best in the business. In 2012 I moved to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, where I began a new phase of my career mixing research with supporting the operation of national facilities. I worked at Diamond Light Source as a staff scientist for a year where I built a near-field IR microscope and helped external users to do IR imaging and microspectroscopy. In 2013 I moved to the Central Laser Facility to work as an operations/research scientist at the Ultra Facility, where I became busy building new 2D-IR, TR-IR and SFG spectrometers, running them for external user groups and also doing my own research. In 2019 I was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to start a research group applying ultrafast spectroscopy to problems in catalysis and battery science.


Publications

An Ultrafast Vibrational Study of Dynamical Heterogeneity in the Protic Ionic Liquid Ethyl-Ammonium Nitrate
C Johnson, AW Parker, PM Donaldson and S Garrett-Roe, ChemRxiv
DOI: PDF


In situ study of the low overpotential “dimer pathway” for electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction by manganese carbonyl complexes
G Neri, PM Donaldson and AJ Cowan, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
DOI: 10.1039/C9CP00504H


Detection of catalytic intermediates at an electrode surface during carbon dioxide reduction by an earth-abundant catalyst
G Neri, JJ Walsh, G Teobaldi, PM Donaldson, and AJ Cowan, Nat. Catal.
DOI: 10.1038/s41929-018-0169-3


Infrared spectroscopy reveals multi-step multi-timescale photoactivation in the photoconvertible protein archetype dronpa
SP Laptenok, AA Gil, CR Hall, A Lukacs, JN Iuliano, GA Jones, GM Greetham, P Donaldson, A Miyawaki, PJ Tonge, and SR Meech, Nat. Chem.
DOI: 10.1038/s41557-018-0073-0


Rapid screening of DNA-ligand complexes via 2D-IR spectroscopy and ANOVA-PCA
R Fritzsch, PM Donaldson, GM Greetham, M Towrie, AW Parker, MJ Baker, and NT Hunt, Anal. Chem.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b04727


A 100 kHz pulse shaping 2D-IR spectrometer based on dual Yb:KGW amplifiers
PM Donaldson, GM Greetham, DJ Shaw, AW Parker, and M Towrie, J. Phys. Chem. A
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b10259


Effect of oligomer length on vibrational coupling and energy relaxation in double-stranded DNA
G Hithell, PM Donaldson, GM Greetham, M Towrie, AW Parker, GA Burley, and NT Hunt, Chem. Phys.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2017.12.010


The Role of Electrode-Catalyst Interactions in Enabling Efficient CO2 Reduction with Mo(bpy)(CO)4 As Revealed by Vibrational Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy
G Neri, PM Donaldson, and AJ Cowan, J. Am. Chem. Soc.
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b06898


Femtosecond to microsecond observation of the photochemical reaction of 1,2-di(quinolin-2-yl)disulfide with methyl methacrylate
D Koyama, PM Donaldson, and AJ Orr-Ewing, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01784G


Quantifying Secondary Structure Changes in Calmodulin Using 2D-IR Spectroscopy
L Minnes, DJ Shaw, BP Cossins, PM Donaldson, GM Greetham, M Towrie, AW Parker, MJ Baker, AJ Henry, RJ Taylor, and NT Hunt, Anal. Chem.
DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b02610


Ultrafast 2D-IR and optical Kerr effect spectroscopy reveal the impact of duplex melting on the structural dynamics of DNA
G Hithell, M Gonzalez-Jimenez, GM Greetham, PM Donaldson, M Towrie, AW Parker, GA Burley, K Wynne, and NT Hunt, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP00054E


2D-IR Spectroscopy Shows that Optimized DNA Minor Groove Binding of Hoechst33258 Follows an Induced Fit Model
LAI Ramakers, G Hithell, JJ May, GM Greetham, PM Donaldson, M Towrie, AW Parker, GA Burley, and NT Hunt, J. Phys. Chem. B
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b00345


Long-range vibrational dynamics are directed by Watson-Crick base pairing in duplex DNA
G Hithell, DJ Shaw, PM Donaldson, GM Greetham, M Towrie, GA Burley, AW Parker, and NT Hunt, J. Phys. Chem. B, vol. 120. no. 17, pp. 4009-4018
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b02112


A 100 kHz time-resolved multiple-probe femtosecond to second infrared absorption spectrometer
GM Greetham, PM Donaldson, C Nation, IV Sazanovich, IP Clark, DJ Shaw, AW Parker, and M Towrie, Appl. Spectrosc., vol. 70, no. 4, pp. 645-653
DOI: 10.1177/0003702816631302


Broadband near-field infrared spectromicroscopy using photothermal probes and synchrotron radiation
PM Donaldson, CS Kelley, MD Frogley, J Filik, K Wehbe, and G Cinque, Opt. Express, vol. 24, no. 3, p. 1852
DOI: 10.1364/OE.24.001852


Synchrotron infrared near-field spectroscopy in photothermal mode
CS Kelley, MD Frogley, A Fitzpatrick, K Wehbe, PM Donaldson and G Cinque, Spectroscopy Europe, vol. 28 (6)


World First for Diamond in Synchrotron-Based IR Photothermal Nanospectroscopy
G Cinque, CS Kelley,MD Frogley, J Filik, K Wehbe,A Fitzpatrick and PM Donaldson, Synchrotron Radiation News
DOI: 10.1080/08940886.2016.1198675


In situ Synchrotron IR Microspectroscopy of CO2 Adsorption on Single Crystals of the Functionalized MOF Sc2(BDC-NH2)3
A Greenaway, B Gonzalez-Santiago, PM Donaldson, MD Frogley, G Cinque, J Sotelo, SN Moggach, E Shiko, S Brandani, R Howe and P Wright, Angew. Chem.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201408369


Gold Nanoparticle Capping Layers: Structure, Dynamics, and Surface Enhancement Measured Using 2D?IR Spectroscopy
PM Donaldson and P Hamm, Angew. Chem.
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201204973


Photocontrol of Reversible Amyloid Formation with a Minimal-Design Peptide
SA Waldauer, S Hassan, B Paol, PM Donaldson, R Pfister, P Hamm, A Caflisch and R Pellarin, J. Phys. Chem. B
DOI: 10.1021/jp305311z


High sensitivity transient infrared spectroscopy: a UV/Visible transient grating spectrometer with a heterodyne detected infrared probe
PM Donaldson, H Strzalka and P Hamm, Opt. Express
DOI: 10.1364/OE.20.012761


Book section: Section 11.6 Mixed IR-Vis 2D-IR spectroscopies
P Hamm and M Zanni, Book: Concepts and Methods of 2D-IR spectroscopy, Cambridge University Press


Enhancing signal detection and completely eliminating scattering using quasi-phase-cycling in 2D IR experiments
R Bloem, S Garrett-Roe, H Strzalka, P Hamm and PM Donaldson, Opt. Express
DOI: 10.1364/OE.18.027067


Generation of Simplified Protein Raman Spectra Using Three-Color Picosecond Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy
PM Donaldson, KR Wilson and DR Klug, J. Phys. Chem. B
DOI: 10.1021/jp1061607


Vibrational Energy Transport through a Capping Layer of Appropriately Designed Peptide Helices over Gold Nanoparticles
M Schade, A Moretto, PM Donaldson, C Toniolo and P Hamm, Nano Lett.
DOI: 10.1021/nl101580w


2D-IR Study of a Photoswitchable Isotope-Labeled &alpha-Helix
EH Backhus, R Bloem, PM Donaldson, JA Ihalainen, R Pfister, B Paoli, A Caflisch and P Hamm, J. Phys. Chem. B
DOI: 10.1021/jp911849n


Biological and biomedical applications of two-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy: Proteomics, imaging and structural analysis
F Fournier, R Guo, EM Gardner, PM Donaldson, C Loeffeld, IR Gould, KR Willison and DR Klug, Acc. Chem. Res.
DOI: 10.1021/ar900074p


Detection of complex formation and determination of intermolecular geometry through electrical anharmonic coupling of molecular vibrations using electron-vibration–vibration two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy
R Guo, F Fournier, PM Donaldson, EM Gardner, IR Gould and DR Klug, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.
DOI: 10.1039/B910804A


Protein identification and quantification by two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy: Implications for an all-optical proteomic platform
F Fournier, EM Gardner, DA Kedra, PM Donaldson, R Guo, SA Butcher, IR Gould, KR Willison and DR Klug, PNAS
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0805127105


Decongestion of methylene spectra in biological and non-biological systems using picosecond 2DIR spectroscopy measuring electron-vibration–vibration coupling
PM Donaldson, R Guo, F Fournier, EM Gardner, IR Gould and DR Klug, Chem. Phys.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2008.02.050


Optical fingerprinting of peptides using two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy: Proof of principle
F Fournier, EM Gardner, R Guo, PM Donaldson, LMC Barter, DJ Palmer, CJ Barnett, KR Willison, IR Gould and DR Klug, Anal. Biochem.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ab.2007.11.009


Direct identification and decongestion of Fermi resonances by control of pulse time ordering in two-dimensional IR spectroscopy
PM Donaldson, R Guo, F Fournier, EM Gardner, LMC Barter, CJ Barnett, IR Gould and DR Klug, J. Chem. Phys.
DOI: 10.1063/1.2805082


Patent: P39583GB
PM Donaldson and DR Klug, Apparatus and method for obtaining spectral information


Patent: WO 2006/123172 A2
PM Donaldson and DR Klug, Method of Spectroscopy


Patent: WO 2006/005931 Al
PM Donaldson and DR Klug, Spectroscopic Support


Contact: Donaldson, Paul (STFC,RAL,CLF)