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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Giordano Amoruso completes his PhD

Congratulations to Giordano for completing his PhD with a viva voce examination in late October 2021. Giordano’s research used a variety of ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to examine bimolecular proton, electron and energy transfer processes in Read More

Olivia Hawkins completes her MSc(R)

Congratulations to Olivia who completed her MSc(R) degree with a viva voce examination in October 2021. Olivia’s thesis entitled “Investigating the Excited State Dynamics of 1,6-Diphenyl-1,3,5-Hexatriene Using Time Correlated Single Photon Counting” used fluorescence lifetime Read More

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

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.