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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 and applying, theoretical and computational tools to describe the 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. The software we develop is also used to model photoionization and other photon-induced- phenomena. 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:

  • Electron induced molecular fragmentation by dissociative electron attachment.
  • Environment assisted/enhanced electron-induced processes

Current/recent research projects

  • Electron and positron collisions with biomolecules and molecules of technological importance
  • Hydration effects on resonance formation in electron-molecule collisions

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.