The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories were established in 2013 and comprise a state of the art 800 m2 dedicated research building, the first of its kind in the UK. Supported by a large award from the Wolfson Foundation and a private donor, the Laboratories enable experimental and theoretical studies relating to the science of local and global air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change. The Laboratories are operated as collaborative venture between the University of York and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), co-locating around 40 researchers from seven academic groups and from NCAS. The Laboratories are also home to independent research fellows, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and final year undergraduate research projects.
The Atmospheric Chemistry group study gas and aerosol phase processes in the atmosphere using experimental and modelling approaches. Our main interests are in technology development for atmospheric science; high quality, ultra sensitive atmospheric measurements; fundamental physico-chemical research; land and ocean exchange with the atmosphere; development of highly detailed chemical mechanisms; global modelling of the atmosphere.
Research is conducted in the laboratory and also out in the field, on the ground, on ships and in the air. The group run the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory for long-term measurements and also takes part in shorter field campaigns and has visited locations such as Tasmania, Borneo and Antarctica.
We offer MSc and PhD postgraduate training within the Laboratories. We are part of two doctoral training partnerships (DTP): the Natural Environment Research Council SPHERES DTP alongside the University of Leeds and the EU funded CAPACITIE, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network. In addition, we will consider partly or fully funded students on a case-by-case basis.
UK applicants should have a First or 2:1 degree in Chemistry or a related discipline, or have a 2:2 degree and also a Masters qualification.
Follow the link for details on current SPHERES students at York.
The atmospheric chemistry staff teach on a variety of undergraduate chemistry courses including Chemical Kinetics, Surface Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate, Clean Technology, Analytical and Forensic Chemistry and Air Quality and Human Health.
Every year we offer both BSc and MChem research projects on a wide range of topics, covering laboratory, theoretical and computer modelling work.
The Laboratories house a suite of state of the art instrumentation, designed for measuring the composition of the atmosphere. These highly sensitivity instruments can also be applied to many other applications and we actively encourage users and collaborators from academic institutions and commercial enterprises.