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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Student Writes Cover Article for In-House Magazine

A belated nod to PhD student Rebecca Ingle, whose story about synthetic diamonds made the cover of the summer issue of Chemistry Explored. The article interviews Paul May, Professor at Bristol Chemistry and member of Read More

Visitor from Kyoto

The Bristol Group welcomes Motoki Sato, a visitor from Toshinori Suzuki’s group at Kyoto. Motoki’s 6-week visit continues the growing partnership between both our two research groups and the two universities.

Paper out in Science

Today’s copy of Science contains a new report led by Greg Dunning, showcasing our continuing efforts to develop atomic-level descriptions of condensed-phase bimolecular reactions. Abstraction of a D atom from deuterated acetonitrile by an F 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.