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 FRS, 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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Poster Prize for Georgia Thornton

Congratulations to Georgia Thornton for winning a poster prize at the annual RSC Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group Conference, held at the University of Warwick from 6 – 8 January 2020.  Georgia’s poster entitled “Studying the Read More

Giordano represents Bristol at the 6th Jilin University Chemistry Graduate Forum

Giordano Amoruso, Mary Jenkinson-Finch (Steve Mann’s group) and Roman Abrams (Jonathan Clayden’s group) were the University of Bristol’s representatives at the 6th Jilin University Chemistry Graduate Forum. Giordano presented his recent work investigating Förster resonant energy transfer Read More

Chris Hansen wins ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Congratulations to former group member Dr Chris Hansen who has won an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship to launch his independent research into the impact of fluorinated compounds in the atmosphere.  Chris will be leading this 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.