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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New spectral analysis software package released

The KOALA (Kinetics Observed After Light Absorption) software package for analysis of time-dependent spectra has been released for free download.  The executable file can be obtained from the Resources page of this website, and the Read More

Hugo Marroux to Visit Zanni Group

PhD student Hugo Marroux will spend some time with the Zanni Group at UW-Madison. The ultrafast lab is adding 2D IR spectroscopy to its repertoire, and Hugo is off to learn from the experts this autumn. Read More

Students Organise Conference

Greg Dunning and Steph Harris, PhD students in the group, are organising this year’s Southern Universities Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group Meeting. The event will be held on 24-25 July, right here in Bristol. The conference 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.