What happens during a chemical reaction? How do atoms move to break and form bonds? Why is one outcome more likely than another? These are some of the questions we seek to answer. Experimentally, we undertake very detailed measurements of reactive collisions between atoms and molecules. We use laser spectroscopic techniques to determine both the quantum state and the scattering angle of the products. Theoretically, we model these processes to reproduce and explain the experimental findings and to gain greater insight into their nature.
We have close links to and joint projects with other groups within the Chemistry and Physics Departments at Durham. External collaborations include groups at the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, and the Universidad Complutense, Madrid.
We are currently working on the following projects: