Reaction Dynamics

Experiments and theory in the field of gas-phase reaction dynamics address the fundamental processes governing chemical reactivity. The focus of the research in the Bristol group is on reactions of polyatomic molecules, seeking to bridge the gap between chemical dynamics and the broader practice of chemistry.  We study isolated reactive and inelastic collisions in the gas phase using molecular beam and velocity map imaging techniques, and contrast the outcomes with chemical dynamics within bulk liquids to learn about the role solvent plays on chemical mechanisms.  Further details of these areas of activity can be found in the panels below.

Reaction Dynamics in Liquids

The dynamics of chemical reactions in solution are studied on timescales of femtosecond to picosecond using transient absorption spectroscopy.

Inelastic Scattering

Quantum-state resolved inelastic scattering is studied using crossed molecular beam and velocity map imaging methods.