The Huxter Lab uses advanced spectroscopic methods to study spin-driven dynamics in radical systems as well as the initial steps of light-driven catalytic reactions that generate both simple and complex molecules under mild conditions. To understand how these reactions work, the Huxter group uses pulses of light as short as a millionth of a billionth of a second (one femtosecond), to track the chemical species produced by light-triggered chemical reactions over a wide range of times. 


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Welcome to the Huxter Group


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Group Meeting

Group meeting will be held this semester Friday mornings at 9 am on the 3rd floor of Marvel in the conference area outside of room 352. All are welcome.

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Graduate Student Positions

The Huxter group has openings for highly motivated graduate students who wish to pursue cutting edge research in optical spectroscopy. For more information please contact Dr. Huxter


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New publication in JPCL!

A new paper from our group on the temperature-dependent spin-tunable properties of a stable radical system has just been published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters! Check it out here: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.3c02726 

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Vanessa Huxter receives NSF Career Award to shine light on chemical reactions

Dr. Vanessa Huxter, assistant professor in the departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Physics in the College of Science, received the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the foundation’s most prestigious honor for junior faculty members. She will receive $650,000 of funding over five years in the NSF's Division of Chemistry. Read more here: https://science.arizona.edu/news/vanessa-huxter-receives-nsf-career-award-shine-light-chemical-reactions