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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Visit by Prof Stephen Bradforth (USC)

Professor Stephen Bradforth (University of Southern California, USA) was a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at Bristol during September 2018. Steve uses ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to explore a range of topics including DNA photodamage and protection, light harvesting and solar energy conversion. Tom Oliver hosted his visit, while Read More

Welcome to Stuart Crane

Welcome to Stuart Crane who joins the Bristol group as a postdoctoral research associate.  Stuart studied for his PhD in ultrafast chemical dynamics with Prof David Townsend at Heriot-Watt University, and will work on a Read More

Welcome to Dr Xu-Dong Wang

We are delighted to welcome Dr Xu-Dong Wang to the Bristol group as a postdoctoral research fellow.  Xu-Dong obtained his PhD from the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, where he used 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.