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Professor Rod Jones

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Observational and modelling studies of atmospheric structure and photochemistry.

new UK<br />
research aircraft

Ozone in the stratosphere protects the biosphere from potentially damaging short wavelength solar radiation. Tropospheric ozone initiates many of the chemical processes, which are necessary for the removal of many pollutant gases, while direct exposure can damage animals and plants. Many other gases play important roles: bromine and chlorine oxides are known to play important roles in stratospheric ozone loss, while gases such as NO3 are important in the nighttime chemistry in both the stratosphere and troposphere. Other gases, such as the ubiquitous water vapour play important roles in both chemistry and climate. However, not only are the basic distributions of many of these gases poorly known, but also their detailed roles in the atmospheric system have yet to be tested adequately - studies of these are the focus of the group.

Mace<br />
Head, Ireland

Widely differing measurement methods are used, together with numerical models for these studies. UV, visible and infra-red spectroscopy, coupled to novel laser and detector technologies, is used to study, amongst other things, atmospheric composition and structure in the upper atmosphere (using the new UK research aircraft and a powerful LIDAR and balloon borne instruments, and the marine planetary boundary layer in Mace Head, Ireland where a novel technique (broad-band cavity ring-down spectroscopy) has been used to explore marine chemistry and oceanic emissions. There are numerous developments of these techniques, e.g. super-continuum light sources to produce compact ultra broadband CRDS systems.

real time<br />
 personal exposure to gases and aerosols in the urban environment

At the other end of the instrument size spectrum is the development of lightweight sensors for O3, CO, CO2, NOx, H2O and hydrocarbons which are being used to study the chemistry of volcanic emissions (e.g. Mt. Etna, the composition of the upper atmosphere and for sensor networks for studying real time personal exposure to gases and aerosols in the urban environment for atmospheric science and health.

Selected Publications

Solar driven nitrous acid formation on building material surfaces containing titanium dioxide: A concern for air quality in urban areas?, Atmospheric Environment, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.06.046 (2009),

Cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy of multiple trace gas species using a super- continuum radiation source Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10178-10188, (2008)

An ozone monitoring instrument based on the tungsten trioxide (WO3) semiconductor. Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical B114(1), 507-512, (2006)

Broad-band cavity ring-down spectroscopy, Chemical Reviews, 103 (12): 5239-5262, Dec (2003)


Dynamic neural network architectures for on field stochastic calibration of indicative low cost air quality sensing systems
E Esposito, S De Vito, M Salvato, V Bright, RL Jones, O Popoola – Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical (2016) 231, 701
Effects of spatial sensitivity on mass sensing with bulk acoustic mode resonators
AT Zielinski, A Prasad, AA Seshia, M Kalberer, RL Jones – Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (2015) 236, 369
A nocturnal atmospheric loss of CH2I2 in the remote marine boundary layer
LJ Carpenter, SJ Andrews, RT Lidster, A Saiz-Lopez, M Fernandez-Sanchez, WJ Bloss, B Ouyang, RL Jones – Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry (2015)
Night-time measurements of HOx during the RONOCO project and analysis of the sources of HO2
HM Walker, D Stone, T Ingham, S Vaughan, M Cain, RL Jones, OJ Kennedy, M McLeod, B Ouyang, J Pyle, S Bauguitte, B Bandy, G Forster, MJ Evans, JF Hamilton, JR Hopkins, JD Lee, AC Lewis, RT Lidster, S Punjabi, WT Morgan, DE Heard – Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2015) 15, 8179
Source attribution of air pollution by spatial scale separation using high spatial density networks of low cost air quality sensors
I Heimann, VB Bright, MW McLeod, MI Mead, OAM Popoola, GB Stewart, RL Jones – Atmospheric Environment (2015) 113, 10
Integrating modelling and smart sensors for environmental and human health.
S Reis, E Seto, A Northcross, NW Quinn, M Convertino, RL Jones, HR Maier, U Schlink, S Steinle, M Vieno, MC Wimberly – Environmental Modelling & Software (2015) 74, 238
WRF-Chem model predictions of the regional impacts of N2O5 heterogeneous processes on night-time chemistry over north-western Europe
D Lowe, S Archer-Nicholls, W Morgan, J Allan, S Utembe, B Ouyang, E Aruffo, M Le Breton, RA Zaveri, P Di Carlo, C Percival, H Coe, R Jones, G McFiggans – Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2015) 15, 1385
Influence of aerosol chemical composition on N2O5 uptake: Airborne regional measurements in northwestern Europe
WT Morgan, B Ouyang, JD Allan, E Aruffo, P Di Carlo, OJ Kennedy, D Lowe, MJ Flynn, PD Rosenberg, PI Williams, R Jones, GB McFiggans, H Coe – Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2015) 15, 973
Dynamic multivariate regression for on-field calibration of high speed air quality chemical multi-sensor systems
S De Vito, P Delli Veneri, E Esposito, M Salvato, V Bright, RL Jones, O Popoola – Proceedings of the 2015 18th AISEM Annual Conference, AISEM 2015 (2015)
The first airborne comparison of N2O5 measurements over the UK using a CIMS and BBCEAS during the RONOCO campaign
M Le Breton, A Bacak, JBA Muller, TJ Bannan, O Kennedy, B Ouyang, P Xiao, SJB Bauguitte, DE Shallcross, RL Jones, MJS Daniels, SM Ball, CJ Percival – Analytical Methods (2014) 6, 9731
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