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About Dr Gavin Phillips

Gavin teaches environmental science and atmospheric chemistry on the BSc Chemistry and Chemical Engineering courses. His research interests include developing instrumentation, air chemistry and healthy indoor environments.


Gavin teaches the following modules:

  • SE4030 Key Skills for Chemists
  • SE6050 Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • SE6014 Environmental Science and Process Safety


Gavin leads the Atmospheric Chemistry and Built Environment Research Group at the University of Chester. The group specialises in the measurement of ambient air and the interaction between particles and gases in the built environment, especially inside buildings. The group is currently funded by EPSRC and Innovate UK.

Following his Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Leicester, Gavin 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 atmosphere.

Published Work

For a full list of publications please visit Gavin's webpage on google scholar.

  • The past, present, and future of indoor air chemistry. Bekö, G., Carslaw, N., Fauser, P., Kauneliene, V., Nehr, S., Phillips, G., Saraga, D., Schoemaecker, C., Wierzbicka, A., Querol, X., Indoor Air. 2020;30(3):373-376. doi:10.1111/ina.12634, 2020
  • Chemical ionization quadrupole mass spectrometer with an electrical discharge ion source for atmospheric trace gas measurement, Eger, P. G., Helleis, F., Schuster, G., Phillips, G. J., Lelieveld, J., and Crowley, J. N.,  Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1935–1954,, 2019.
  • Insights into HOX and ROX chemistry in the boreal forest via measurement of peroxyacetic acid, peroxyacetic nitric anhydride (PAN) and hydrogen peroxide, Crowley, J. N., Pouvesle, N., Phillips, G. J., Axinte, R., Fischer, H., Petäjä, T., Nölscher, A., Williams, J., Hens, K., Harder, H., Martinez-Harder, M., Novelli, A., Kubistin, D., Bohn, B., and Lelieveld, J., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13457-13479,, 2018.
  • Oxidation processes in the Eastern Mediterranean atmosphere: Evidence from the Modelling of HOx Measurements over Cyprus, Mallik, C., Tomsche, L., Bourtsoukidis, E., Crowley, J. N., Derstroff, B., Fischer, H., Hafermann, S., Hueser, I., Javed, U., Kessel, S., Lelieveld, J., Martinez, M., Meusel, H., Novelli, A., Phillips, G. J., Pozzer, A., Reiffs, A., Sander, R., Taraborrelli, D., Sauvage, C., Schuladen, J., Su, H., Williams, J., and Harder, H., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 10825-10847,, 2018.


  • 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.