Research course

Molecular clusters

Open University · Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Current/recent research projects
  • Electron attachment to clusters in controlled beams
  • Multi-photon ionization of biomolecular clusters
Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

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.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months

Course contact details

Administrative support
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