Research course

Experimental and computational molecular physics

Institution
Open University · School of Physical Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

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.

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.

Projects currently on offer may be found here.

Current/recent research projects

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

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

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

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
stem-sps-phd-admin@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036