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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BFWG Scholarship for Rebecca Ingle

Congratulations to Rebecca who has been awarded the Margaret K. B. Day Scholarship by the British Federation of Women Graduates.  This award is for a woman in the third year (or part-time equivalent) of doctoral Read More

Nature Chemistry paper published

Michael Grubb and Philip Coulter are the lead authors on a new paper in Nature Chemistry which describes the ultrafast photodissociation of BrCN in perfluorocarbon solvents.  The CN radical is highly translationally and rotationally excited Read More

New ultrafast microscopy capability

Tom Oliver, Marta Duchi and Henkjan Gersen (Bristol Physics) have obtained an ultrafast microscopy apparatus comprising a femtosecond laser (Coherent Chameleon), optical parametric oscillator (OPO, Coherent), Nikon inverted microscope and other components.  The instrument will be housed 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.