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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Georgia Thornton and Giordano Amoruso win 3-minute video challenge prizes

Congratulations to Georgia and Giordano who won two (of 10) 3-minute video challenge prizes at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Photophysics and Photochemistry group meeting, held online between 1st and 2nd December 2020. Giordano’s video Read More

Fred Cascarini completes his PhD

Congratulations to Fred Cascarini for completion of his PhD following his viva voce examination in September 2020.  Fred’s thesis research involved the experimental study of collisional and photodissociation dynamics in the gas phase using velocity Read More

Victoria Taylor completes her PhD

Many congratulations to Victoria Taylor who had her viva voce examination in July 2020 and successfully completed her PhD.  Victoria’s thesis describes the use of ultrafast laser spectroscopy and construction of a transient absorption microscope in 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.