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, 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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Rebecca Ingle wins yet another poster prize

Congratulations to Rebecca Ingle (pictured with Nobel laureate Dudley Herschbach) who won a best poster prize at Stereodynamics 2016. This meeting was hosted in Taipei and celebrated the 30th anniversary of Professors D. R. Herschbach, Y. Read More

Victoria Taylor on BBC Radio Bristol

Victoria was interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol for the Laura Rawlings show as part of their ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ segment curated by the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials. Victoria gave an overview of her PhD Read More

Ashley Beckstead Visiting from Montana State University

Ashley Beckstead from Montana State University and the laboratory of Professor Bern Kohler, is visiting our group for two weeks to investigate the non-adiabatic relaxation dynamics of violacein molecules in various solutions.

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.