One of the main goals of reaction dynamics is to achieve a large degree of control of the outcome of any chemical event. Ideally, to set up an experiment where you select the relative geometry and the energy of the incoming reactants in such a way that maximizes the cross-section of the desired reaction whilst minimizing it for any other side-reaction.
To perform such experiment, it is necessary a complete knowledge of all competing dynamical mechanisms.
To achieve this task, we study the stereodynamics of gas-phase collisions, in close collaboration with our overlords of the Chemical Reaction Dynamics and Femtochemistry group at UCM.
Our results have shed light onto the role of quantum effects such as interference and resonances, and how we can control them to ontrol the reactivity.
On the same topic, we have also developed a generalized deflection function that allow us to disentangle the competing collision echanisms from our Quantum Scattering calculations.
On this research line, we have also collaborated with outstanding experimental groups overseas.
In particular with Mark Brouard’s group (Oxford University)