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New Perspectives in Tropospheric Chemistry

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Project "NPTC" data sheet

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Organization address
address: NEWPORT ROAD 30-36
postcode: CF24 ODE

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2018-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    CARDIFF UNIVERSITY UK (CARDIFF) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

The last two hundred years have seen new anthropogenic emissions dramatically change the chemical composition and chemistry of the troposphere, creating a diverse set of atmospheric conditions based on location and level of human population. Reducing climate change and reversing the negative impacts humans have on the atmosphere is a clear European Commission target moving forward towards 2020. Alkenes are common to pristine, clean air environments (biogenic sources) and polluted, urban environments (anthropogenic emissions). The removal of alkenes from the troposphere predominantly occurs through reaction with ozone, generating a wide range of products including OH, CO and CO2, which have a significant impact upon the chemistry of Earth’s atmosphere. Despite the abundance of alkenes in the atmosphere, the atmospheric ozonolysis of alkenes is still poorly understood. Dr Beames intends to use this Fellowship to build a new research group at Cardiff University, using advanced physical chemistry techniques to study an elusive intermediate species in these ozonolysis reactions, which are known as Criegee intermediates (carbonyl oxides). Criegee intermediates are a dominant source of night-time OH• (a ‘tropospheric detergent’) and are implicated in aerosol formation. These species have only recently been directly detected, and have become a hot topic in both atmospheric chemistry and physical chemistry fields. During his time as a Dreyfus Post Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr Beames pioneered the spectroscopic research on Criegee intermediates, leading to several high profile publications. He will continue to investigate their chemistry, and their role in aerosol formation, using novel, highly selective and sensitive, infrared cavity ring down spectroscopy. This will combine his existing knowledge of infrared spectroscopy and cavity ring down spectroscopy.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Max R. McGillen, Basile F.E. Curchod, Rabi Chhantyal-Pun, Joseph M. Beames, Nathan Watson, M. Anwar H. Khan, Laura McMahon, Dudley E. Shallcross, Andrew J. Orr-Ewing
Criegee Intermediate–Alcohol Reactions, A Potential Source of Functionalized Hydroperoxides in the Atmosphere
published pages: 664-672, ISSN: 2472-3452, DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.7b00108
ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 1/10 2019-04-18
2017 Rabi Chhantyal-Pun, Max R. McGillen, Joseph M. Beames, M. Anwar H. Khan, Carl J. Percival, Dudley E. Shallcross, Andrew J. Orr-Ewing
Temperature-Dependence of the Rates of Reaction of Trifluoroacetic Acid with Criegee Intermediates
published pages: 9044-9047, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201703700
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56/31 2019-04-18

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