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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Scientific American features our research

Greg Dunning’s Science paper on the dynamics of F atom reactions in acetonitrile solution (Science 347, 530-533 (2015)) has been featured by Scientific American in its 2015 World Changing Ideas package.  The article is entitled “How to Read More

PhD studentship vacancies

PhD studentship opportunities are available on two projects in the group:  (1)  Imaging Chemical Dynamics, and (2)  Atmospheric Chemistry of Radical and Biradical Intermediates.  Please see below for further details, and address enquiries to Prof Andrew Read More

She’s done it again! Best talk prize for PhD student Rebecca Ingle

Rebecca Ingle has won another best student talk award, this time at the 2015 International Conference on Molecular Energy Transfer in Complex Systems (iCOMET), held in Chengdu, China from 11-15 October 2015.  Rebecca’s talk, entitled 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.