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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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

Student Writes Cover Article for In-House Magazine

A belated nod to PhD student Rebecca Ingle, whose story about synthetic diamonds made the cover of the summer issue of Chemistry Explored. The article interviews Paul May, Professor at Bristol Chemistry and member of Read More

Visitor from Kyoto

The Bristol Group welcomes Motoki Sato, a visitor from Toshinori Suzuki’s group at Kyoto. Motoki’s 6-week visit continues the growing partnership between both our two research groups and the two universities.

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.