Dr. Dixon’s main research interest, at present, is the application of the techniques of numerical simulation to chemical problems with a focus on fluorine chemistry.
The main techniques used by Dr. Dixon are those from electronic structure theory. He uses numerical simulation to obtain quantitative results for molecular systems of interest to experimental chemists and engineers with specific emphasis on materials and production processes. He is the world leader in computational aspects of fluorine chemistry with a broad range of studies on organic, inorganic and polymer systems. A major interest is the appropriate use of large scale computing systems and the appropriate choice of computational methods. For example, Dr. Dixon was one of the first to apply computational functional theory to solve chemical problems.