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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Ryan Phelps completes his PhD

Congratulations to Ryan Phelps for completing his PhD after his viva voce examination in May 2021. Ryan’s PhD studies involved direct observation of the formation and reactions of intermediate species such as carbenes and ylides Read More

Olivia Hawkins wins poster prize at online SDG 2021

Congratulations to Olivia who won one of the poster prizes at the RSC’s Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group meeting (Online 11-12th January 2021). Her poster was entitled “Investigating the fluorescence properties of Diphenylhexatriene in different environments”.

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

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.