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Experimental and computational molecular physics

Study Computational molecular physics with The Open University Our area of research is the study of molecular physics. We are interested in developing experimental, theoretical and computational studies to describe the spectroscopy and multielectron dynamics of molecular systems. Specifically, we study electron scattering from molecules and in particular the formation of scattering resonances that may lead to the dissociation of the target molecule. Further experimental studies explore the electronic state spectroscopy using electron scattering and photon absorption. Theoretical studies also include study of positron interactions with molecules.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 or equivalent in physics, chemistry or a related subject

Potential research projects

We welcome enquiries from prospective students in the following areas:

  • Hydration effects on resonance formation in electron-molecule collisions
  • Electron induced molecular fragmentation by dissociative electron attachment.

Current/recent research projects

  • Electron collisions with biomolecules and molecules of technological importance
  • Electron collisions with small molecular clusters

Potential supervisors

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 659036

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.