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.
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.
Mike Ashfold and Chris Hansen have just completed a successful 3 week visit to the new Dalian Coherent Light Source, where they had the honour of being the first international visitors to use this unique vacuum ultraviolet free electron Read More
Congratulations to Victoria Taylor who won the three minute thesis people’s choice prize with her presentation “Ultrafast lasers – Shining a light on the future of renewable energy.” The three minute thesis final was held on 9th May Read More
Research by Daisuke Koyama and Harvey Dale has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The paper is entitled ‘Ultrafast Observation of a Photoredox Reaction Mechanism: Photo-Initiation in Organocatalyzed Atom-Transfer Radial Polymerization’, and describes how Read More
We welcome applications to join our group in the School of Chemistry, which provides an outstanding environment for research in an internationally renowned University.