The Atmospheric Chemistry Group at the University of Leicester work on the science that underlies contemporary questions such as:
- How clean is the air that we breathe?
- How will climate change effect air quality and vice versa?
- How accurately can we measure air pollutants and greenhouse gases from space?
The goal of the work is to understand and quantify the processes that control the composition of our atmosphere and the implications of change across all scales.
Some current areas of research are:
- Diagnostic Development Unit (DDU)
- Trends of air pollutants and their precursors at the regional scale.
- Impact of megacities (CITYZEN) on regional air pollution.
- Role of night-time chemistry on the oxidative capacity of the troposphere. (FAAM)
- Organic complexity and the formation of secondary organic aerosol.
- The impact of tropical emissions on the regional oxidative capacity.
- Development of measurements of city-scale air pollution from the ground and space.
- Greenhouse gas measurement and quantification from space.
The research program uses an integrated approach of both measurement and analysis in order to investigate these complex atmospheric chemical systems. An end to end approach using innovative design, building and characterisation of instruments as well as their deployment and use for measurements in the atmosphere through to the analysis, statistical modelling and interpretation of the data is used. Atmospheric measurements are made from a range of ground-based, aircraft and satellite platforms.
In a new departure, we have a spin-out research program working on the measurement of volatile organic compounds on breath as a medical diagnostic. The same technology developed for measuring the complex organic chemistry leading to aerosol formation is being used in a hospital environment for measure the composition of breath for medical purposes.
Coming from the research and innovation base Professor Paul Monks is involved in two business facing activities. He is the Director of G-STEP which uses earth observation data to make business more competitive via innovation, partnering of brokering practical solutions for regional small/medium enterprises. He is also director of the Real-Time Air Fingerprinting Technology (RAFT) demonstrator laboratory that undertakes small projects with regional SME industry in the air of trace-gas/liquid measurement with the aim of increasing competiveness through exploitation of the HE technology base.
The recommendations of the Rio+20 Regional Science and Technology Workshop for Europe, have now been published on the website of the Delegation of the Finnish Academies of Science and Letters. You will find the recommendations together with videos and other material from the workshop behind this link: http://www.tsv.fi/international/akatemiat/Rio+20/rio+20.html
Listen to Professor Monk's podcast on his research group and see Current Group Profiles and Field Work Pictures. Please use the links provided for individual staff members to find further details of their current research.
Atmospheric Chemistry Group Members - Academic Staff
|Prof Paul S Monks||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Dr Steve Ball||0116 252 2139||not supplied|
|Dr Roland Leigh EOS||0116 229 firstname.lastname@example.org|
Atmospheric Chemistry Group Members
|Mrs Chris Goddard||Group Administrator||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Mrs Ann Crane||Web Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tom Adams||PhD student||0116 229 email@example.com|
|Jasdeep Anand||PhD student EOS||0116 229 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Shane Barber||PhD Student||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Dr Robert Blake||Visiting Fellow||0116 252 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Rebecca Cordell||PDRA||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Dr Zoe Fleming||NCAS Research Scientist||0116 252 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Iain Goodall||PhD student||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Rosie Graves||PhD student EOS||0116 252 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sharmilah Kuppusami||PhD Student||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Dr James Lawrence||PDRA EOS||0116 252 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Omolara Okunga||PhD student||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Dr Robert Parker||PDRA EOS||0116 252 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rikesh Panchal||PhD student||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Milan Patel||PhD student||0116 252 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Peter Qualey||PhD student||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Dr Iain White||PRDA||0116 252 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Kevin Wyche||PDRAemail@example.com|
|Laimonas Zubas||PhD student EOSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
EOS = Earth Observation Science
|Prof Paul S Monks||Director||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Prof Heiko Balzter||Co-director and Chairman||0116 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr John Remedios||Co-director and Head of EOS||0116 252 email@example.com|
|Prof Alan Wells||Assistant Director||0116 229 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr Rhys Cowsill||Business Manager||0116 229 email@example.com|
|Mrs Teresa Smith||Project Manager||0116 229 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs Svetlana Zolotikova||Project Associate||0116 229 email@example.com|
G-STEP is a University of Leicester based knowledge-exchange hub that provides a satellite data solutions service enabling business and organizations to access and apply complex Earth Observation data in a simple and tailored way.