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York academic shortlisted for prestigious award

Posted on 4 August 2020

An atmospheric chemist from the University of York has been shortlisted for a major award by a leading science journal.

Dr Pete Edwards in the lab

Dr Pete Edwards from the Department of Chemistry is one of eight leading researchers nominated for the Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact

The award acknowledges his work in the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Labs to understand the chemical processes controlling global challenges like air pollution and climate. 

Dr Edward’s current research develops novel measurement techniques to reduce uncertainties in the models used to inform air quality and climate policy.

After hearing about the nomination, Dr Edwards said: “It is an honour to be recognised in this shortlisting alongside such eminent researchers in their respective fields, and is a huge tribute to my team and collaborators past and present.

“As an atmospheric chemist whose work involves instrument development, lab work, and field measurements, it is often easy to get buried in details and lose sight of the wider societal impacts of the work we do. 

“This nomination really highlights the importance of atmospheric chemistry research in tackling global issues such as air pollution and climate, and I find this immensely motivating.”

Dr Martin Cockett, Deputy Head for the Department of Chemistry said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Pete to have been nominated for this prestigious award and a testament to his very impressive track record as a master of the multifaceted research project in a field as complex and important as atmospheric chemistry.”

The winner will be announced on 20 November.