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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Tom Oliver’s Royal Society University Research Fellowship Renewed

Tom’s prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship has been renewed for a further 3 years. Tom was originally awarded his fellowship in 2015. In 2018 he was made the offer of a proleptic lectureship at Read More

New papers in JACS and Chemical Science

Congratulations to Ryan Phelps, and to Luke Lewis-Borrell and coauthors for recent papers in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Chemical Science.  Both papers report transient ultrafast spectroscopy of reactive intermediates.  Ryan’s work Read More

Nature Comms paper is an Editors’ Highlight

The recent paper ‘Ultraviolet photolysis of H2S and its implications for SH radical production in the interstellar medium’ (Nat. Comm. 11, 1547 (2020)) describing collaborative work by Mike Ashfold, Colin Western, ex-group member Chris Hansen 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.