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Molecular clusters

Our research explores photon, ion, and electron-driven processes in molecules and clusters. We are particularly interested in how highly specific knowledge of radiation interactions with isolated molecules can be exploited to enhance our understanding of processes in more complex environments, notably irradiated biological media. Clusters provide an important test case to extend the scope of experimental and theoretical techniques in order to characterise progressively more complex systems. This research has implications for the elucidation of radiation dose on the molecular scale, a topic of particular importance due to the growth of nano-science applications in industry and medicine.

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:

  • The role of Electron attachment (EA) in radiation chemistry, for example in DNA damage and ozone depletion.

Current/recent research projects

  • Electron attachment to clusters in controlled beams
  • Multi-photon ionization of biomolecular clusters

Potential supervisors

Further information

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

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 858253

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