Timothy Schmidt

Timothy Schmidt

Timothy Schmidt

Professor / ARC Future Fellow

Contact details

Email: timothy.schmidt@unsw.edu.au


Room 134, Dalton Building
UNSW, Kensington, 2052

+61 (0)2 9385 4653

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Biographical Details

Tim Schmidt gained his BSc (Hons) from The University of Sydney in 1998, winning the University Medal in theoretical chemistry. He then studied at Churchill College, Cambridge, gaining a PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2001 for work on the femtosecond dynamics of molecules in intense laser fields under the supervision of Dr Gareth Roberts. Postdoctoral work was undertaken in the group of Professor John Paul Maier, FRS, in Basel, on the electronic spectroscopy of highly unsaturated hydrocarbons of astrophysical relevance. Tim returned to Australia in 2003 to work at the CSIRO (CTIP, Lindfield) on modelling of the RuBisCO enzyme. He commenced as a lecturer in chemistry at The University of Sydney in April 2004. From January 2014, Tim is appointed as Professor and ARC Future Fellow at UNSW. He is the recipient of the 2010 Coblentz Award.


Research Interests

Molecular Spectroscopy, Molecular Photophysics, Renewable Energy, Solar Cells, Astrochemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry

Selected Publications

  1. Y. Y. Cheng, B. Fuckel, R. W. MacQueen, T. Khoury, R.G.C.R. Clady, T. F. Schulze, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, M. J. Crossley, B. Stannowski, K. Lips, and T. W. Schmidt, "Improving the light-harvesting of amorphous silicon solar cells with photochemical upconversion," Energy & Environmental Science 5 (5), 6953-6959 (2012).
  2. Y. Y. Cheng, T. Khoury, R.G.C.R. Clady, M. J. Y. Tayebjee, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, M. J. Crossley, and T. W. Schmidt, "On the efficiency limit of triplet-triplet annihilation for photochemical upconversion," Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 12 (1), 66-71 (2010).
  3. Y. Y. Cheng, B. Fuckel, T. Khoury, R. G. C. R. Clady, M. J. Y. Tayebjee, N. J. Ekins-Daukes, Maxwell J. Crossley, and T. W. Schmidt, "Kinetic Analysis of Photochemical Upconversion by Triplet-Triplet Annihilation: Beyond Any Spin Statistical Limit," The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 1 (12), 1795-1799 (2010).
  4. D. L. Kokkin, G. B. Bacskay, and T. W. Schmidt, "Oscillator strengths and radiative lifetimes for C2: Swan, Ballik-Ramsay, Phillips, and d3Pg <- c3S+u systems," Journal of Chemical Physics 126 (8) (2007).
  5. D. L. Kokkin, N. J. Reilly, C. W. Morris, M. Nakajima, K. Nauta, S. H. Kable, and T. W. Schmidt, "Observation of the d3Pg <- c3S+u band system of C2," Journal of Chemical Physics 125 (23) (2006).
  6. N. J. Reilly, D. L. Kokkin, M. Nakajima, K. Nauta, S. H. Kable, and T. W. Schmidt, "Spectroscopic observation of the resonance-stabilized 1-phenylpropargyl radical," Journal of the American Chemical Society 130 (10), 3137-3142 (2008).

Theme Leader - Centre of Excellence

Tim Schmidt will lead one of three research themes in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science concentrating on understanding and controlling the four dimensions of an exciton: Engery, lifetime, position and spin/polarisation.