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 back to Rabi Chhantyal-Pun

We are delighted to welcome Dr Rabi Chhantyal-Pun back to Bristol as a NERC-funded senior research associate.  Rabi will be studying the atmospheric chemistry of Criegee intermediates and hydroxalkyl peroxy radicals using laboratory measurements of Read More

Hugo Marroux completes his PhD

Congratulations to Hugo Marroux who successfully completed his PhD on 2DIR and transient IR spectroscopy of dynamical processes in solution.  Hugo has now moved to the University of California Berkeley to start postdoctoral research with Read More

New PGOPHER version released

Colin Western has released version 10.0 of his spectral simulation and fitting program PGOPHER.  Further details are available from the PGOPHER website and from a new article published on 19th April in the journal PCCP (DOI 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.