Dr Ben   Laws
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Ben Laws

  • PhD (ANU, 2018)
  • BSc.(Hons 1) (ANU, 2014)
  • BSc (Univ. of Canterbury, 2013)
Faculty of Science
School of Chemistry

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Chemistry, working with the Schmidt and Kable groups. I joined UNSW at the start of 2020, after spending 6 years at the ANU as both a Postdoc and PhD student in the Research School of Physics. My research involves studying radicals and ions in the gas phase, using laser spectroscopic techniques such as velocity map imaging (VMI) and resonantly enhanced multi-photon ionization (REMPI). These techniques provide a way to study reactive and transient radicals that are not accessible via standard methods, which play important roles in the atmosphere, in combustion, and in interstellar space. 

Lab 623 Science & Engineering Building, E8 UNSW, Kensington Campus


  • Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Ben Laws
    Laws BA; Cavanagh SJ; Lewis BR; Gibson ST, 2019, 'Wigner Near-Threshold Effects in the Photoelectron Angular Distribution of NO 2 -', Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 123, pp. 10418 - 10425, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.9b09073
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Ben Laws
    Laws BA; Gibson ST; Lewis BR; Field RW, 2019, 'The dicarbon bonding puzzle viewed with photoelectron imaging', Nature Communications, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13039-y
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Ben Laws
    DeVine JA; Weichman ML; Laws B; Chang J; Babin MC; Balerdi G; Xie C; Malbon CL; Lineberger WC; Yarkony DR; Field RW; Gibson ST; Ma J; Guo H; Neumark DM, 2017, 'Encoding of vinylidene isomerization in its anion photoelectron spectrum', SCIENCE, vol. 358, pp. 336 - 339, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aao1905
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Ben Laws
    Laws BA; Cavanagh SJ; Lewis BR; Gibson ST, 2017, 'NOO Peroxy Isomer Exposed with Velocity-Map Imaging', Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 8, pp. 4397 - 4401, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b02183