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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Tom Oliver secures new ultrafast laser system

Congratulations to Tom Oliver who has successfully secured a femtosecond laser made available by the closure of the STFC Laser Loan Pool.  A laboratory is being refurbished to house this new laser system, and Tom Read More

Liu Hao, bon voyage!

Double congratulations to Liu Hao, who successfully defended his PhD thesis last month and whose paper demonstrating a novel, straightforward and potentially widely applicable route to determining Stark parameters for atomic transitions by cross-calibration in Read More

Welcome to Arsène Chemin

The group welcomes Arsène Chemin who has joined us from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon for a summer internship.  Arsène will be studying ultrafast chemical dynamics using transient absorption spectroscopy.

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.