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York academic is runner-up for prestigious award

Posted on 13 November 2020

An atmospheric chemist from the University of York is runner-up for a major award by a leading science journal.

Dr Pete Edwards in the lab

Dr Pete Edwards from the Department of Chemistry was 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 such as 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 being named runner-up, Dr Edwards said: “It is an honour to be recognised in these research impact awards alongside such eminent researchers in their respective fields, and is a huge tribute to my team and collaborators past and present.

“This award acknowledges the global importance of atmospheric chemistry research, and will allow me and my team to further our work investigating key atmospheric processes.”

Professor Duncan Bruce, Head of the Department of Chemistry said: "I am absolutely delighted to see this recognition for the work that Pete has devised and led. His approach is truly holistic from design of sensitive instruments and testing their function in the lab, to deploying them in real-world situations to collect data and then using computational approaches to process those data. These are the marks of a true polymath and Pete is applying his expertise in an area of real global significance, showing the positive impact that Chemistry has in tackling environmental issues."

You can find out more about this year's winner and runners up via the Nature Research Awards website.