The Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) are the first of their kind in the UK.
WACL operates as a collaborative venture between the University of York and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), co-locating around 60 researchers from seven academic groups and the NCAS.
Supported by a private donor and an award from the Wolfson Foundation, the laboratories are also home to independent research fellows, engineering and software experts, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and final year undergraduate research projects.
The Wolfson labs bring together an incredible mix of science, engineering and computing skills which helps us develop evidence and insight to deliver cleaner air, lower emissions and reduced environmental impacts. Our work spans from inside the home to the stratosphere, working closely with NERC and the Government to provide the UK with world-leading expertise and facilities.
Professor Lucy Carpenter FRS, the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories
Research and innovation focus areas
The Atmospheric Chemistry group study gas and aerosol phase processes in the atmosphere using experimental and modelling approaches. Our main interests are in technology development for atmospheric science; high quality, ultra sensitive atmospheric measurements; fundamental physico-chemical research; land and ocean exchange with the atmosphere; development of highly detailed chemical mechanisms and global modelling of the atmosphere.
Research is conducted in the laboratories and also out in the field, on the ground, on ships and in the air. The group run the Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory for long-term measurements and also takes part in shorter field campaigns and has visited locations such as Tasmania, Borneo and Antarctica.
Services and facilities
We support clients including BP, TOTAL, Unilever, Givaudan, Du Pont, and DSTL. Our collaborations can range from pay-per-sample through to multi-year research projects.
The laboratories house a suite of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation designed for measuring the trace composition of the atmosphere.