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 and Dr Colin Western, and includes research fellows, postgraduate students and undergraduate students of many nationalities.

News & Events

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Mike Ashfold honoured at International Symposium on Molecular Beams

The biennial International Symposium on Molecular Beams (ISMB) traditionally honours one or more scientists judged to have made distinguished research contributions in the field. Mike Ashfold and Prof. Piergiorgio Casavecchia (Perugia) were so honoured at the 26th Read More

PCCP chooses artwork for front cover

Barbara Marchetti’s artwork on the front cover of the 7th July issue of PCCP  highlights our combined experiment/theory studies of the UV photodissociation of thioanisoles, and how the fragmentation dynamics are influenced by ring substituents remote from the Read More

PhD studentship vacancies

Imaging Chemical Dynamics:  2 PhD studentships are available to work with Prof Andrew Orr-Ewing and Prof Mike Ashfold as part of the EPSRC-funded Programme Grant “Chemical Applications of Velocity and Spatial Imaging”.   The two positions 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.