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Design for Atmospheric Chemistry

Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory

Project details

Start date
February 2013

End date
Summer 2013


Simpsons (York) Ltd

More information
Press release

As part of a phased redevelopment of Chemistry on campus, the Chemistry Department has developed the first dedicated laboratory building in the UK for atmospheric chemistry research.

Supported in part by a £1.25 million grant from the Wolfson Foundation and a major donation from a benefactor, the facility co-locates global computer modelling facilities with laboratory science and instrument technology development, plus calibration and logistics support for field observations.

The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory brings together the atmospheric research teams in Chemistry as well as providing experimental and modelling infrastructure for interdisciplinary research across the University.

This is the first dedicated experimental infrastructure in the UK for tackling current and emerging atmospheric chemistry issues in a scientifically integrated way, enabling world-leading contributions to the science of air quality and climate change.

Where is it?

The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories will provide an experimental and modelling infrastructure for interdisciplinary research across the University.”

Professor Alastair Lewis, Department of Chemistry

The new development comprises a two-storey building of ~800m2 sited near the Department of Chemistry, and adjacent to the York Plasma Institute laboratory.

The location has been specifically chosen so that atmospheric chemistry research remains closely connected to the wider chemistry department, providing opportunities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

What are the new facilities?

The building contains laboratory space, a modelling suite with visualisation facilities, collaborative research and office space.

It houses faculty staff, post-doctoral researchers, external research staff including from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Defra and postgraduates and undergraduates undertaking research projects.

The building brings York's five atmospheric chemistry research teams together under one roof for the first time.