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 Andrew Orr-Ewing FRS, Dr Tom Oliver, and Prof Mike Ashfold FRS, and includes research fellows, postgraduate students and undergraduate students of many nationalities.

News & Events

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EPSRC Programme Grant website launches

The website for our EPSRC Programme Grant “Ultrafast Photochemical Dynamics in Complex Environments” is now live, with news and information about this collaborative research effort between the University of Bristol, UCL, University of Oxford, and Read More

Georgia Thornton completes her PhD

Congratulations to Georgia Thornton who successfully completed her PhD viva on 13 May 2022. Georgia’s PhD research studied the mechanisms of light-activated polymerization and photoredox-catalysed reaction cycles using transient absorption spectroscopy and computational chemistry. She Read More

New BBSRC sLoLa grant

As part of a consortium led by Ross Anderson (Bristol Biochemistry), Tom Oliver has secured a BBSRC sLoLa grant BB/W003449/1 worth £4.9 m entitled “Creating and comprehending the circuitry of life: precise biomolecular design of 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.