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Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols

PGR-RA-147

Expertise of research area
aerosols; air quality; atmospheric chemistry; climate; clouds; ice nucleation; materials chemistry; metal-organic frameworks; Meteorology; oxidation; ozone; supramolecular chemistry


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<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

We offer PhD projects in aerosols and atmospheric chemistry, along with their links to air quality and climate change. We develop advanced computer models, lead major field campaigns, analyse satellite data, and perform innovative laboratory experiments. Our research spans the surface to the upper atmosphere.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-chemistry-aerosols">Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosol</a> group studies the gas phase and aerosol composition of the troposphere and stratosphere, including local, regional and global scale air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, and composition-climate interactions.</p> <p>Our research includes laboratory studies, ground and aircraft-based field measurements, data analysis and numerical modelling.</p> <p>We are engaged in several UK and international field campaigns and we are leading the development of advanced numerical models of chemistry, cloud systems, aerosol, and their effects on precipitation, atmospheric composition, and climate.</p> <p>Our research is grouped into 4 broad areas:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-chemistry-aerosols/doc/atmospheric-chemistry">Atmospheric Chemistry</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-chemistry-aerosols/doc/aerosols-climate">Aerosols and Climate</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-chemistry-aerosols/doc/aerosols-clouds">Aerosols and Clouds</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-chemistry-aerosols/doc/ice-nucleation">Ice Nucleation</a></li> </ul> <p>Leeds is a <a href="http://www.shanghairanking.com/Shanghairanking-Subject-Rankings/atmospheric-science.html">world top-10 university for atmospheric science</a>.&nbsp;This reflects the wide range of excellent atmospheric science research which takes place in Leeds, much of it within <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/institute-climate-atmospheric-science">ICAS</a>. Many ICAS staff and students are also members of the new Priestley International Centre for Climate, which is located within our building.</p> <p>Within ICAS postgraduate researchers play a full role in the institute activities. We have a lively programme of internal and external seminars, weekly weather briefings, annual science meetings and other events. Our postgraduate researchers regularly win prizes for their work, including presentations at international conferences.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research-degrees">Research degrees within the School of Earth and Environment</a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-chemistry-aerosols">Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosol</a><a href="http://environment.leeds.ac.uk/atmospheric-chemistry-aerosols"> group </a></li> <li><a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see-research">School of Earth and Environment, Research and Innovation</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-leeds-doctoral-college">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/staff/1586/mollie-van-der-gucht">Mollie van de Gucht</a>.</p> <p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk">env-pgr@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 1314.</p>


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