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About Dr Gavin Phillips

Gavin is Programme Leader for the BSc Chemistry course. His research interests include developing instrumentation, air chemistry and smart cities infrastructure. He is also the academic director of the Analytical Centre at Thornton, a facility where undergraduates can work with industrial partners on projects and gain valuable hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation.


Gavin is Programme Leader for BSc Chemistry and teaches first year general Chemistry and third year Environmental Science.


Gavin specialises in the measurement of ambient air and the interaction between particles and gases. Working in environments all over the globe he has been involved in many projects studying the chemistry and physics of snow and ice, the effect of land-use on air composition and the measurement of urban and agricultural atmospheric pollution.

Following his Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Leicester, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying the interaction between light, chemistry and snow. Moving back to the UK he spent 6 years working for the Natural Environment Research Council as an atmospheric and environmental chemist working on the chemical composition of the atmosphere. He then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany where he used chemical ionisation mass spectrometry to study photochemical and heterogeneous chemistry in the troposphere.

Published Work

For a full list of publications please visit my webpage on google scholar.


Recent selected publications

Novelli, A., Hens, K., Tatum Ernest, C., Martinez, M., Nölscher, A. C., Sinha, V., Paasonen, P., Petäjä, T., Sipilä, M., Elste, T., Plass-Dülmer, C., Phillips, G. J., Kubistin, D., Williams, J., Vereecken, L., Lelieveld, J., and Harder, H.: Estimating the atmospheric concentration of Criegee intermediates and their possible interference in a FAGE-LIF instrument, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17, 7807 (2017).
Derstroff, B., Hüser, I., Bourtsoukidis, E., Crowley, J. N., Fischer, H., Gromov, S., Harder, H., Janssen, R. H. H., Kesselmeier, J., Lelieveld, J., Mallik, C., Martinez, M., Novelli, A., Parchatka, U., Phillips, G. J., Sander, R., Sauvage, C., Schuladen, J., Stönner, C., Tomsche, L., and Williams, J.: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in photochemically aged air from the eastern and western Mediterranean, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17, 9547 (2017).

Aerosol chemistry resolved by mass spectrometry - Linking field measurements of cloud condensation nuclei activity to organic aerosol composition, A. L. Vogel, J. Schneider, C. Müller-Tautges, G. J. Phillips, M. L. Krüger, D. Rose, U. Makkonen, H. Hakola, J. N. Crowley, U. Pöschl and T. Hoffmann, Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 10823 (2016).

Estimating N2O5 uptake coefficients using ambient measurements of NO3, N2O5, ClNO2 and particle-phase nitrate, G. J. Phillips, J. Thieser, M. J. Tang, N. Sobanski, G. Schuster, J. Fachinger, F. Drewnick, S. Borrmann, H. Bingemer, J. Lelieveld, and J. N. Crowley, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16, 13231 (2016).

A Two-Channel, Thermal Dissociation Cavity-Ringdown Spectrometer for the detection of ambient NO2, RO2NO2 and RONO2, J. Thieser, G. Schuster, J. Schuladen, G. J. Phillips, A. Reiffs, U. Parchatka, D. Pöhler, J. Lelieveld, and J. N. Crowley, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 9, 553 (2016).

Sub-Antarctic marine aerosol: Significant contributions from biogenic sources, J.Schmale, J. Schneider, E. Nemitz, Y. S. Tang, U. Dragosits, T.D. Blackall, P.N. Trathan, G. J. Phillips, M. A. Sutton and C. F. Braban, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 8669 (2013).

The detection of nocturnal N2O5 as HNO3 by alkali- and aqueous-denuder techniques, G. J. Phillips, U. Makkonen, G. Schuster, N. Sobanski, H. Hakkola and J. N. Crowley, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6, 231 (2013).

Peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) and peroxyacetic acid (PAA) measurements by iodide chemical ionization mass spectrometry: first analysis of results in the boreal forest and implications for the measurement of PAN fluxes, G. J. Phillips, N. Pouvesle, J. Thieser, G. Schuster, R. Axinte, H. Fischer, J. Williams, J. Lelieveld and J. N. Crowley, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 1129 (2013).


  • B.Sc (Hons) Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry from Loughborough University.
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry from Leicester University.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Chester University.
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.