Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 23.45.39David Glowacki (that’s me) is originally from Milwaukee. I am a scientist, artist, and cultural theorist that studies all kinds of things, and sometimes manages to connect a few dots. I have published across a range of subjects including classical and quantum dynamics, biochemistry, computer programming, atmospheric chemistry, scientific instrument development, optics, spectroscopy, religion and power, and cultural theory. One of my cross-disciplinary projects is the multi-award winning ‘danceroom Spectroscopy’, which has been touring internationally over the past few years (e.g., London’s Barbican, Germany’s ZKM, the London 2012 Olypmics, and the Stanford University Art Institute).

I am a Royal Society Research Fellow based at the University of Bristol. My Bristol office is joint between the Centre for Computational Chemistry and the Department of Computer Science. I am an academic staff member of the EPRSC funded doctoral training centre for Theory and Modelling in the Chemical Sciences, and I also have a residency at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio, an eclectic digital research lab that brings together artists, engineers, and scientists. I use tools from classical and quantum mechanics to understand a range of non-equilibrium molecular nano-physics relevant to gases, solids, and liquids. The applications of my research are diverse – from atmospheric chemistry to materials to biochemistry to organic chemistry to combustion, and even new platforms for interactive digital art

I graduated from UPenn in 2003, where I obtained a degree in chemistry, and did significant coursework in lots of other subjects – mathematics, philosophy, comparative literature, and religions. In 2004 I obtained an MA in cultural theory at the School of Religions and Theology in Manchester. I completed my PhD in physical chemistry at Leeds University in 2008. After four years as a post-doc in Bristol, I was awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowship and tenured faculty position in 2013. From 2013 – 2015, I spent two years as a visiting academic at Stanford University (hosted by Todd Martinez), joint between the Department of Chemistry the Stanford Linear Accelerator.

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