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Dr Mike Newland

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Phone: 01904 321216
Supervisor: Dr Andrew Rickard

Research Interests

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted to the atmosphere from anthropogenic (e.g. vehicles, power generation) and biogenic sources. The chemical transformation and removal of these VOCs determine the composition of the atmosphere. In many cases, the products of these transformations are pollutants harmful to human health and to the environment. The reactions can also transform these gaseous compounds into particles, that again can be harmful to health and can both, directly and indirectly, influence radiative transfer and hence climate. 

Currently, I am working on improving the Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM), a database that represents the state of the art in terms of our knowledge of the oxidation chemistry of VOCs and their subsequent gas phase products. The MCM database is used by researchers around the world to create the chemical mechanisms used in atmospheric models. These models are used to study a range of scientific problems from regional air quality, to global climate change. As such the MCM provides a key link between laboratory and field measurements, and atmospheric models, which are used to inform national and international environmental policy. 

Selected Publications

  • Changes to the chemical state of the Northern Hemisphere atmosphere during the second half of the twentieth century, Newland, M. J., Martinerie, P., Witrant, E., Helmig, D., Worton, D. R., Hogan, C., Sturges, W. T., and Reeves, C. E., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 17, 8269-8283, 2017, DOI: 10.5194/acp-17-8269-2017
  • Atmospheric isoprene ozonolysis: impacts of stabilised Criegee intermediate reactions with SO2, H2O and dimethyl sulfide, Newland, M. J., Rickard, A. R., Vereecken, L., Muñoz, A., Ródenas, M., and Bloss, W. J., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 9521-9536, 2015, DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-9521-2015
  • Kinetics of stabilised Criegee intermediates derived from alkene ozonolysis: reactions with SO2, H2O and decomposition under boundary layer conditions, Newland, M. J., Rickard, A. R., Alam, M. S., Vereecken, L., Muñoz, A., Ródenas, M., and Bloss, W. J., Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, 4076–4088, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C4CP04186K
  • Newly detected ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere, Laube, J. C., Newland, M. J., Hogan, C., Brenninkmeijer, C. A. M., Fraser, P. J., Martinerie, P., Oram, D. E., Reeves, C. E., Röckmann, T., Schwander, J., Witrant, E., and Sturges, W. T., Nature Geoscience, 7, 266–269, 2014, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2109
  • Southern hemispheric halon trends and global halon emissions, 1978–2011, Newland, M. J., Reeves, C. E., Oram, D. E., Laube, J. C., Sturges, W. T., Hogan, C., Begley, P., and Fraser, P. J., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13, 5551-5565, 2013, DOI: 10.5194/acp-13-5551-2013

 Dr Mike Newland

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