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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Photoredox catalysis paper published in JACS

Research by Daisuke Koyama and Harvey Dale has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  The paper is entitled  ‘Ultrafast Observation of a Photoredox Reaction Mechanism: Photo-Initiation in Organocatalyzed Atom-Transfer Radial Polymerization’, and describes how Read More

Poster Prize for Giordano Amoruso at SDG 2018

Congratulations to Giordano Amoruso who won best poster prize at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group 2018 Meeting at Durham (8-10 January, 2018).

Congratulations to Dr Magda Ulmeanu

Best wishes to Magda, who will start as an R&D Engineer with Folium Optics Ltd in Thornbury in January 2018.

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.