Chemical Dynamics and Molecular Spectroscopy

Our research is concerned with the application of laser-based techniques in chemistry and materials science. We study the mechanisms of chemical and photochemical reactions, the spectroscopy and structure of reactive intermediates, atmospheric chemistry, analytical applications of laser spectroscopy, optical properties of aerosol particles, and laser ablation for thin-film deposition. Our work includes processes that occur in the gas phase, in liquids and at the surfaces of materials.

People in the Group

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The group is led by Prof Mike Ashfold FRS, Prof Andrew Orr-Ewing, Dr Colin Western and Dr Tom Oliver, and includes research fellows, postgraduate students and undergraduate students of many nationalities.

News & Events

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Welcome to new PhD students Marta, Victoria and Fred

We are delighted to welcome Marta Duchi, Victoria Taylor and Fred Cascarini, three new PhD students who have started in the group this month.  More details about their research interests can be found in the Read More

New EPSRC grant for Tom Oliver

Congratulations to Tom Oliver whose EPSRC First Grant entitled “Exploring Delocalised Energy Transport in Bacterial Reaction Centres” has been approved for funding. The research project will investigate the energy and charge-transfer pathways between constituent pigments Read More

Journal of Chemical Physics Poster Prize

Congratulations to Rebecca Ingle who won a poster prize at the Future of Chemical Physics conference held at the University of Oxford.  This AIP Publishing Horizons conference was sponsored by the Journal of Chemical Physics with Read More

Studying Here

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We welcome applications to join our group in the School of Chemistry, which provides an outstanding environment for research in an internationally renowned University.