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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Dr Colin Western (1957 – 2021)

Members of the Bristol group are deeply saddened by the death of their dear friend and colleague Dr Colin Western after a short illness.  Colin was widely known internationally for his development of the PGOPHER Read More

Luke Lewis-Borrell completes his PhD

Congratulations to Luke Lewis-Borrell who completed his PhD with a viva voce examination of his thesis in September 2021. Luke’s PhD research was supported by the Bristol Chemical Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training. It bridged Read More

New EPSRC Programme Grant starts

The Bristol group is leading a new multi-centre, EPSRC-funded programme grant Ultrafast Photochemical Dynamics in Complex Environments (EP/V026690/1). The Bristol groups led by Andrew Orr-Ewing and Tom Oliver are joined in this major new project 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.