Name Dr Kate Nixon
Job Title Lecturer of Physical Chemistry 
Faculty Faculty of Science and Engineering
School School of Sciences
Subject(s)  
Tel 01902 322562
Email Kate.Nixon@wlv.ac.uk
 

Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science

Biography

Dr Kate Nixon is a Lecturer of Physical Chemistry in the School of Biology, Chemistry and Forensic Science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.  Dr Nixon completed a Bachelor of Technology in Forensic and Analytical Chemistry and Bachelor of Science (Honours) at Flinders University, Australia, before undertaking a PhD in Electron Momentum Spectroscopy.  From 2009 Dr Nixon has conducted research in the area of electron collisions in Australia, England and Brazil.  Her research within the Center for Anti-Matter Matter Studies was concerned with electron and positron collisions with molecules relevant in the modelling of radiation therapy.  As a Royal Society Newton Fellow and International Incoming Marie Curie Fellow Dr Nixon studied low energy electron ionising collisions with noble gases, small molecules within an isoelectronic series and with magnesium atoms which had been aligned with laser radiation.  In Brazil Dr Nixon’s research aimed to provide experimental data of a range of electron scattering processes from molecules relevant to the development of second generation biofuels by plasma pre-treatment.

Areas of Expertise

Electron impact ionisation, also known as (e,2e). At low energies where the dynamics of the collision can be studied as well as at high energies, known as electron momentum spectroscopy (EMS), where the electronic structure of the target is measured.

Electron collisions: Ionisation, electronic excitation and vibrational excitation.

Research Interests

Dr Nixon’s research interests involve using electron collisions with atoms and molecules to further understand important areas of medical (radiation based cancer therapies) and technological (plasma) importance.  Dr Nixon is an experimentalist and generates experimental data which can be used to evaluate predictions from current state-of-the-art theoretical models of the electron collision process. 

Publications

1. Comparison of Experimental and Theoretical electron-impact ionisation tripe differential cross sections for ethane

E Ali, K Nixon, A Murray, C Ning, J Colgan and D Madison Phys. Rev. A (2015) 92 042711

 

2. Electron- and photon-impact ionization of furfural

DB Jones, E Ali, KL Nixon, P Limão-Vieira, MJ Hubin-Franskin, J Delwiche, CG Ning, J Colgan, AJ Murray, DH Madison and MJ BrungerJ. Chem. Phys. (2015) 143 184310

 

3. Evidence for unnatural-parity contributions to electron-impact ionization of laser-aligned atoms

GSJ Armstrong, J Colgan, MS Pindzola, S Amami, DH Madison, J Pursehouse, KL Nixon and AJ Murray Phys. Rev A (2015) 92 032706

 

4. Intermediate energy cross sections for electron-impact vibrational-excitation of pyrimidine

DB Jones, L Ellis-Gibbings, G García, KL Nixon, MCA Lopes, and MJ Brunger J. Chem. Phys. (2015) 143 094304

 

5. Differential cross sections for electron impact excitation of the electronic bands of phenol.

RFC Neves, DB Jones, MCA Lopes, KL Nixon, GB da Silva, HV Duque, EM de Oliveira, RF da Costa, MT do N Varella, MHF Bettega, MAP Lima, K Ratnavelu, G Garcia, and MJ Brunger J. Chem. Phys. (2015) 142 104305

 

6. Intermediate energy electron impact excitation of composite vibrational modes in phenol

RFC Neves, DB Jones, MCA Lopes, KL Nixon, EM de Oliveira, RF da Costa, MT do N Varella, MHF Bettega, MAP Lima, K Ratnavelu, G Garcia, GB da Silva and MJ Brunger J. Chem. Phys. (2015) 142 194302

 

7. Differential cross sections for electron impact excitation of the electronic bands of phenol

RFC Neves, DB Jones, MCA Lopes, KL Nixon, GB da Silva, HV Duque, EM de Oliveira, RF da Costa, MT do N Varella, MHF Bettega, MAP Lima, K Ratnavelu, G Garcia, and MJ Brunger J. Chem. Phys. (accepted)

 

8. Theoretical and Experimental (e,2e) study of electron-impact ionization of laser-aligned Mg atoms

S Amami, A Murray, A Stauffer, K Nixon, G Armstrong, J Colgan and D Madison Phys. Rev. A, (2014) 90 062707

 

9. Triply differential (e,2e) studies of phenol

GB da Silva, RFC Neves, L Chiari, DB Jones, E Ali, DH Madison, CG Ning, KL Nixon, MCA Lopes and MJ Brunger J. Chem. Phys. (2014) 141 124307

 

10. Parameterization of electron-impact ionisation cross sections from laser-excited and aligned atoms

KL Nixon and AJ Murray Phys. Rev. Lett. (2014) 112 023202 [citations: 2]

 

11. Superelastic electron collisions with silver: Measuring the angular momentum transferred to the target during the collision

S Jhumka, KL Nixon, M Hussey and AJ Murray Phys. Rev. A (2013) 87 052714 [citations: 1]

 

12. Low energy (e,2e) coincidence studies of NH3: results from experiment and theory

KL Nixon, AJ Murray, H Chaluvadi, C Ning, J Colgan and DH Madison J. Chem. Phys. (2013) 138 174304 [citations: 3]

 

13. Interaction model for electron scattering from ethylene in the range 1-10 000eV

MC Fuss, AG Snaz, TPD Do, K Nixon, MJ Bruger, M-J Hubin-Franskin, JC Oller, F Blanco and G Garcia Chem. Phys. Lett. 560 (2013) 22 [citations: 6]

 

14. (e,2e) ionisation studies of stable noble gases in a coplanar symmetric geometry

KL Nixon and AJ Murray Phys. Rev. A 87 (2013) 022712 [citations: 3]

 

15. Low energy (e,2e) measurements of CH4 and neon in the perpendicular plane

KL Nixon, AJ Murray, H Chaluvadi, S Amami, DH Madison and C Ning J. Chem. Phys. 136 (2012) 094302 [citations: 9]

 

16. Xenon – mapping the (e,2e) differential cross section from coplanar to perpendicular geometries

KL Nixon and AJ Murray Phys. Rev. A 85 (2012) 022716 [citations: 5]

 

17. Electron impact ionisation and excitation studies of laser prepared atomic targets

AJ Murray, M Hussey, A Knight-Percival, S Jhumka, KL Nixon, M Harvey and J Agomuo J Phys: Conf. Series 388 (2012) 012009

 

18. Electron impact excitation of the ã 3B1u electronic state in C2H4: An experimentally benchmarked system

TPT Do, KL Nixon, M Fuss, G Garcia, F Blanco and MJ Brunger J. Chem. Phys. 136 (2012) 184313 [citations: 7]

 

19. Differential cross sections for ionization of laser-aligned atoms by electron impact

KL Nixon and AJ Murray Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 (2011) 123201 [citations: 7]

 

20. Low energy (e,2e) studies from CH4: Results from symmetric coplanar experiments and molecular three-body distorted wave theory

KL Nixon, AJ Murray, H Chaluvadi, C Ning and DH Madison J. Chem. Phys. 134 (2011) 174304 [citations: 12] 

 

21. Low energy (e,2e) studies of the noble gases in the perpendicular plane

KL Nixon, AJ Murray and C Kaiser J. Phys. B 43 (2010) 085202 [citations: 18] 

 

22. Low-energy symmetric coplanar and symmetric non-coplanar (e,2e) studies from the 3a1 state of H2O

KL Nixon, AJ Murray, O Al-Hagan, DH Madison and CG Ning J. Phys. B 43 (2010) 035201 [citations: 10]

 

23. Recent theoretical progress in treating ionization of molecules

O Al-Hagan, C Ning, K Nixon, A Murray, C Colyer, M Stevenson, B Lohmann and D Madison J. Phys.: Conf. Series 212 (2010) 012004

 

24. Total cross sections for positron scattering from H2 at low energies

A Zecca, L Chiari, A Sarkar, KL Nixon and MJ Brunger Phys. Rev A 80 (2009) 032702 [citations: 18] 

 

25. Low-energy positron scattering from dihydropyran

A Zecca, L Chiari, KL Nixon, MJ Brunger, S Chattopadhyay, D Sanyal and M Chakrabarti J Phys Chem A 113 (2009) 14251 [citations: 5]

 

26. Total and positronium formation cross sections for positron scattering from H2O and HCOOH

C Makochekanwa, A Bankovic, W Tattersall, A Jones, P Caradonna, DS Slaughter, K Nixon, MJ Brunger, Z Petrovic, JP Sullivan and SJ Buckman New J. Phys. 11 (2009) 103036 [citations: 32]

 

27. Modelling low energy electron interactions for biomedical uses of radiation

M Fuss, A Munoz, JC Oller, F Blanco, P Limao-Vieira, C Huerga, M Telles, MJ Hubbin-Fraskin, K Nixon, MJ Brunger and G Garcia J. Phys.: Conf. Series 194 (2009) 012028 [citations: 7]

 

28. Electron momentum spectroscopy of formic acid

KL Nixon, WD Lawrance and MJ Brunger Chem. Phys. Lett. 474 (2009) 23 [citations: 9]

 

29. Electron momentum spectroscopy in the study of intermolecular interactions

KL Nixon, WD Lawrance and MJ Brunger J. Phys: Conf. Series 141 (2009) 12011 [citations: 1]

 

30. Positron scattering from formic acid

A Zecca, L Chiari, A Sarkar, MAP Lima, MHF Bettega, KL Nixon and MJ Brunger Phys. Rev. A 78 (2008) 042707 [citations: 21]

 

31. Low-energy positron scattering from methanol and ethanol: Total cross sections

A Zecca, L Chiari, A Sarkar, KL Nixon and MJ Brunger Phys. Rev. A 78 (2008) 022703 [citations: 12]

 

32. An (e,2e) coincidence study of formic acid monomer and dimer

KL Nixon, WD Lawrance, DB Jones, P Euripides, S Saha and MJ Brunger Chem. Phys. Lett. 451 (2007) 18 [citations: 10]

 

33. Towards electron momentum spectroscopy of clusters: A new apparatus

KL Nixon, G Hewitt, B Gilbert, A Dunn, R Northeast, M Ellis, DS Slaughter, P Euripides, WD Lawrance and MJ Brunger AIP Conference Proc. 811 (2006) 173 [citations: 3]

 

34. Measuring the electronic structure of disordered overlayers by electron momentum spectroscopy: The Cu/Si interface

KL Nixon, M Vos, C Bowles and MJ Ford Surf. Interface Anal., 38 (2006) 1236 [citations: 2]

 

35. Investigation into the valence electronic structure of norbornene using electron momentum spectroscopy, Green’s function and density functional theories

S Kippenberg, KL Nixon, H Mackenzie-Ross, MJ Brunger, F Wang, MS Deluze, J-P Francois and DA Winkler J. Phys. Chem. A 109 (2005) 9324 [citations: 23] 

 

36. Norbornane: An investigation into its valence electronic structure using electron momentum spectroscopy, and density functional and Green’s function theories

S Kippenberg, KL Nixon, MJ Brunger, T Maddern, L Campbell, N Trout, F Wang, WR Newell, MS Deluze, J-P Francois and DA Winkler J Chem. Phys. 121 (2004) 10525 [citations: 36] 

 

37. An electron momentum spectroscopy and density functional theory study of the outer valence electronic structure of stella-2,6-dione

KL Nixon, F Wang, L Campbell, T Maddern, D Winkler, R Gleiter, P Loeb, E Weigold and MJ Brunger J. Phys. B 36 (2003) 1 [citations: 17]

 

38. Electron momentum spectroscopy and linear combination of atomic orbitals calculation of bulk Na2O

EA Mikajlo, KL Nixon and MJ Ford J. Phys. C 15 (2003) 2155 [citations: 9]

 

39. The electronic band structure of Li2O: Testing theoretical predictions using electron momentum spectroscopy

EA Mikajlo, KL Nixon, VA Coleman and MJ Ford J. Phys. C 14 (2002) 3587 [citations: 20]

 

40. New magnetic dipole transition of the oxygen molecule: B3Πg ← X3Σ¯g

EH Roberts, KL Nixon, CJ Dedman, ST Gibson and BR Lewis J. Chem. Phys. 116 (2002) 5503  [citations: 2]

 

41. High-resolution EMS of molecules

MJ Brunger, W Adcock, H MacKenzie-Ross, W Drury, K Nixon, MJ Ford, L Campbell, R Shaw, WD Lawrance, DA Winkler & F Wang, in Photonic, Electronic, and Atomic Collisions, eds J Burgdorfer, JS Cohen, S Datz, CR Vane (Rinton Press, New Jersey, USA) (2002) 369