Detailed studies of the UV photochemistry and photophysics of isolated gas phase molecules using a variety of state-of-the-art laser based techniques including H atom photofragment translational spectroscopy and velocity map ion imaging. Current activities involve extension of these methods to allow study of larger, less volatile (bio)molecules in the gas phase, and the development and use of ultrafast time-resolved pump-probe methods to explore the photophysics of such molecules in solution.
Growth and characterisation of diamond thin films grown by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). Current interest centres on exploring the gas phase and gas-surface chemistry that underpins CVD of diamond (and doped diamond) in microwave reactors using a range of laser spectroscopies and mass spectrometry, plasma modelling, and QM/MM modelling of the gas-surface reactions.
Pulsed laser ablation and deposition as a route to forming nanostructured thin films, with particular emphasis on exploring the chemical physics underpinning transfer of material from a target to a substrate (by, e.g., temporal, spatial and wavelength resolved optical emission spectroscopy) and developing diffusive pulsed laser deposition (DPLD) as a route to forming nanorod arrays (of, e.g., ZnO) with exceptional aspect ratio.
Professor Ashfold is a supervisor in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis
Professor of Physical Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, 8/92 – present.
(Head of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Section, 10/95-9/97; 8/02-7/11).
Reader in Chemical Physics, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, 8/90 - 7/92.
Lecturer in Chemical Physics, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, 8/84 - 7/90.
Research Associate in Chemical Physics, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, 10/81 - 7/84.
Guy Newton Junior Research Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford,
Ph.D. University of Birmingham (Department of Chemistry), 1978.
B.Sc. (Hons) University of Birmingham, 1975.
Honours, awards, prizes
Marlow Medal and Prize of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 1987.
Visiting Fellowship, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado, U.S.A., 1990.
Corday-Morgan Medal and Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 1989.
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow, 1994/5.
Tilden Medal and Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 1996.
EPSRC Senior Research Fellowship, 1997-2002.
Royal Society of Chemistry Industrially-sponsored Award in Spectroscopy, 2000.
Daiwa Adrian Prize, 2004 (with Prof. M. Kawasaki, Kyoto)
Royal Society of Chemistry Industrially-sponsored Award in Chemical Dynamics, 2006.
Fellow of the Royal Society, 2009.
President, Faraday Division of Royal Society of Chemistry, 2009-12.
Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow, 2011/2.
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