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Dr James Hopkins

Phone: 01904 324754

Dr Hopkins is an NCAS scientist working in the area of Gas Phase Atmospheric Chemistry within the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories.

NCAS is a NERC collaborative centre that exists to perform core strategic research into atmospheric composition, to facilitate and coordinate research in this area, and to integrate that research into relevant activities in the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and in NERC as a whole. For more details on NCAS see:

Research Interests

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) play a number of important roles in the atmosphere.  They can have direct impacts on human health; are intrinsic in the production of ground-level ozone and secondary aerosols (each with significant health impacts of their own), and are greenhouse gases in their own right.  My research aims to improve the quality of VOC observations in order to better understand the processes determining the atmospheric composition in a range of environments during field deployments.  Recent deployments and ongoing work include investigating: VOC source profiles from Beijing, China; emission of lightweight VOCs from biomass burning episodes; and biogenic emissions from a tropical forest environment in Borneo, Malaysia.

Selected Publications

  • The influence of biomass burning on the global distribution of selected non-methane organic compounds. A. C. Lewis, M. J. Evans, J. R. Hopkins, S. Punjabi, K. A. Read, R. M. Purvis, S. J. Andrews, S. J. Moller, L. J. Carpenter, J. D. Lee, A. R. Rickard, P. I. Palmer, and M. Parrington. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13, 851-867, 2013, DOI: 10.5194/acp-13-851-2013.
  • Direct estimates of emissions from the megacity of Lagos. J. R. Hopkins, M. J. Evans, J. D. Lee, A. C. Lewis, J. H Marsham, J. B. McQuaid, D. J. Parker, D. J. Stewart, C. E. Reeves, and R. M. Purvis. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9, (21), 8471-8477, 2009, DOI: 10.5194/acp-9-8471-2009.
  • In situ measurements of isoprene and monoterpenes within a south-east Asian tropical rainforest. C. E. Jones, J. R. Hopkins, and A. C. Lewis. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 6971-6984, 2011, DOI: 10.5194/acp-11-6971-2011.
  • Diesel-related hydrocarbons can dominate gas phase reactive carbon in megacities. R. E. Dunmore, J. R. Hopkins, R. T. Lidster, J. D. Lee, M. J. Evans, A. R. Rickard, A. C. Lewis, and J. F. Hamilton. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 9983-9996, 2015, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-9983-2015.
  • Intercomparison of oxygenated volatile organic compound measurements at the SAPHIR atmosphere simulation chamber. E. C. Apel, T. Brauers, R. Koppmann, B. Bandowe, J. Boßmeyer, C. Holzke, R. Tillmann, A. Wahner, R. Wegener, A. Brunner, M. Jocher, T. Ruuskanen, C. Spirig, D. Steigner, R. Steinbrecher, E. Gomez Alvarez, K. Muller, J. P. Burrows, G. Schade, S. J. Solomon, A. Ladstätter-Weißenmayer, P. Simmonds, D. Young, J. R. Hopkins, A. C. Lewis, G. Legreid, S. Reimann, A. Hansel, A. Wisthaler, R. S. Blake, A. M. Ellis, P. S. Monks, and K. P. Wyche., Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, D20307, 2008, DOI: 10.1029/2008JD009865.