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As part of a joint field campaign with Peking University, Beijing, the University of Leeds FAGE container has gone to Tibet to measure concentrations of radical species at Nam Co, a remote, high altitude (4730 m) field location. The atmospheric pressure at Nam Co is ~ 0.55 Atm. This is an area of significant interest…
Researchers from the School of Chemistry recently took to the skies in a project to measure methane emissions from tropical wetlands in Africa. As reported by Nature, scientists flew above the swamps and farmlands of Zambia and Uganda in an aeroplane loaded with measuring instruments, in a bid to discover the source of an unexplained global…
Dwayne is delighted to have been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Environment Prize for 2017. He hopes that this award acknowledges the importance of the application of fundamental techniques developed in the laboratory to the study of our atmosphere, and the interdisciplinary approach that is necessary to tackle difficult challenges associated with understanding our…
A group of researchers from Chemistry has recently returned from Beijing where they studied the composition of the urban atmosphere and the chemistry contributing to the formation of the smog “hazes”, which have been in the news so much lately. China’s economy has expanded rapidly over the last decade or so, but this has been…
Congratulations to Jack (Chunxiang) Ye, our newest group member, who is first author on a Nature paper which was published this week, and which describes a newly discovered source of HONO and NO2 from the photolysis of particulate nitrate.
A new project has been funded, led by Leeds and also involving collaborators from Oxford University, in which new optical spectroscopic methods will be developed for direct speciated detection of HO2 and CH3O2 radicals in the atmosphere.
Congratulations to Pascale who this week not only submitted her PhD thesis, but also accepted a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Insitute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, where she will be working in the aerosol group with Manabu Shiraiwa.
Hannah and Trevor are currently on fieldwork in Cape Verde as part of the ORC3 campaign, which is a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds and York. An instrument based on laser-induced phosphorescence is deployed to measure glyoxal. Hannah is writing a blog on her experiences.
The field campaign at York is underway, with several FAGE instruments operating to measure OH, HO2, RO2, OH reactivity and formaldehyde. Instruments are also operating in collaboration with the Universities of York and Birmingham to measure a detailed suite of VOCs, nitrous acid, missing OH reactivity and other supporting measurements including O3/NOx/CO.  
The FAGE container leaves for fieldwork at the University of York, as part of a project to identify missing OH reactivity in the atmosphere.