European Research Council to fund five-year research project

Posted on 8 August 2018

Researchers in the Department of Chemistry will receive EUR 1.5m for vital Tropospheric Chlorine Oxidation work.


Dr Peter Edwards

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a EUR 1.5m grant to Dr Peter Edwards in the Department of Chemistry.

Dr Edwards has been awarded the grant for his five-year research programme into ‘Quantifying the impact of Tropospheric Chlorine Oxidation’.

“This career-changing grant will enable me to pursue one of the great uncertainties in the field of atmospheric chemistry,” says Dr Edwards. “Gas phase oxidants control the concentrations of important climate and air pollutants such as methane, ozone and particles.

“Over the last three decades there has been continual suggestion that the chlorine atom (Cl) may be an important atmospheric oxidant, but a lack of observations capable of informing our understanding of its chemistry mean that its role remains highly uncertain.”

The award is part of a wider EUR 603 million grant for research to be carried out in 22 EU countries across a range of research areas. There was a huge demand for the funding with 3,170 applications made in total.

The grants are intended to help recipients build their own research teams, which the ERC estimates will lead to around 1,500 jobs being created, including post doctoral researchers, PhD students and other support staff.

Dr Edwards says: “This ERC starting grant will provide a step-change in our understanding of atmospheric Cl chemistry by allowing me the resource, freedom and flexibility to develop and deploy new analytical techniques able to provide the much needed information on atmospheric Cl.

“The grant will also enable me to build my research group at the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Labs here in York and position myself for future challenges in the field.”