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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Matt Bain finishes his PhD

Congratulations to Matt Bain for a successful defense of his PhD thesis in his viva on 4/11/2019.  Matt’s doctoral research involved development and application of new photoionization and multi-mass velocity map imaging methods to study Read More

Ed Mahoney completes his PhD

Congratulations to Ed Mahoney for success in his PhD viva.  Ed’s thesis explores alternative excitation mechanisms in microwave activated plasmas operating under conditions relevant to the chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of diamond.  Ed is spending Read More

Welcome to Daniel Polak

Dr Daniel Polak joins the Bristol group following PhD studies with Dr Jenny Clark at the University of Sheffield. In his PhD, Daniel studied singlet fission of polyenes inside de novo maquette proteins and the effect of microcavities on the 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.