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 Addition to Femtosecond Team

This month, we welcome Katharina Röttger as a post-doctoral researcher who is funded by the DFG, the German Research Foundation. Katharina comes to us from the University of Kiel, Germany. Her research explores the solution-phase Read More

And the Award Goes to…

Stephanie Harris was selected to receive one of just four University of Bristol Alumni Association Awards for 2014. The citation for her award highlighted that ‘Stephanie is the first female Captain in the 104 year Read More

Best talk prize for PhD student Rebecca Ingle

Rebecca Ingle scooped the prize for the best student talk at the RSC Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group annual conference, held at the University of Nottingham from 6-8 January 2015.  Rebecca’s talk on “Photoinduced Ring-Opening in Thiophene Derivatives” 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.