Welcome to the Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics group!

In our group we develop new methods to study fundamental chemical processes. In particular we utilise new laser technologies that enable the observation of molecules and processes at their natural ultrafast timescales. We explore a number of different themes in this broad area, including:

  • How small structural changes, such as isomerism, influence chemical functionality.
  • How we can use these new technologies to develop innovative analytical instruments, for example to detect chiral molecules
  • How to introduce large biological (and other fragile) molecules intact into the gas-phase, making them amenable to our highly sensitive analytical approaches
  • How to use recent technological advances in high-energy photon sources (XUV, x-ray) to study chemical functionality

Our group is part of the Spectroscopy of Cold Molecules department (headed by Prof. Bas van de Meerakker), and we are located in the Institute for Molecules and Materials at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Head over to our Research page to find out more about what we do, or look at some recent posters in the gallery!


Poster at FEMTO15

Grite is off to the FEMTO15 conference in Berlin, presenting our work on using UV-XUV pump-probe spectroscopy to follow roaming dynamics in acetaldehyde. You can also find the poster in our gallery.
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New paper in Molecules

Our latest paper on High-Throughput UV Photofragmentation is out now in Molecules – well done Siwen and Yerbolat! https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules28135058
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New paper in JASMS

Our latest paper on vaporization of intact neutral biomolecules using laser-based thermal desorption is out now in J. Am. Soc. Mass. Spec. – Well done Yerbolat and Siwen! https://doi.org/10.1021/jasms.3c00194
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Roger joins for BSc internship

Roger joins the group for his BSc internship – welcome!
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New paper in PCCP

Our paper on UV photofragmentation of thymine and guanine – combining continuous laser-based thermal desorption with high repetition rate fiber lasers – is out now in PCCP. Well done Siwen and Yerbolat! https://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d3cp00328k
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