Molecular Spectroscopy
28 Jan 2009



We develop and operate a set of cutting edge neutron spectrometers which provide chemical probes of structure and dynamics ranging from diffusion/rotation, through phonon/bond vibrations, to the ability to observe quantum effects in the zero point energy.





​Left to right: Svemir, Sanghamitra, Giovanni, Jeff, Felix, ​Stewart, Mattia, Ian, Matthew, Vicky​, Franz​

Group Leader​​

Instrument Scientists


​​The range of science studied is vast, but we have a particularly strong track record in catalysis, gas storage, energy conversion devices and polymer science.​

We are currently creating a special issue for the IOP Journal of Physics Communications on the use of computers in Neutron Science and contributions are most welcome (link)

​The group held its annual Molecular Spectroscopy Science Meeting at UCL on the 6th & 7th of November 2018. The proceedings can be found here. More information on our User Group can be found on the User Group page.​

We shall be holding a joint computa​tional workshop MDANSE 2018​ (website​) with t​he ILL, ESS and DTU in Tenerife, Spain. The proceedings to the last workshop may be found here.​

For the latest developments in​ our group and suite of instruments, please read our ​March 2018 New​sletter out now! ​

The instruments in the group span the energy range from the (alm​ost) zero of quasielastic and tunnelling sp​ectroscopy (0 - 10 meV, 0 - 80 cm-1) with IRIS and OSIRIS, through the traditional vibrational spectroscopy region (2 - 500 meV, 16 - 4000 cm-1) with TOSCA, up to very high energies (>5 eV, >40,000 cm-1) with VESUVIO

For more detailed information on each of the instruments and its associated science, please refer to their specific websites. To discuss an application for beamtime to ISIS please contact either the group leader Prof. Felix Fernandez Alonso or the instrument scientist.

"Nothing tends so much to the advancement of knowledge as the application of a new instrument"​​ 

Humphry Davy