Committee Members' Biographies
Dr Bill Bloss CChem FRSC
Dr William Bloss is Reader in Atmospheric Science at the School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. Bill’s research interests are in the field of atmospheric chemistry, specifically: (1) the sources and sinks of atmospheric oxidants, and their impacts upon air quality and tropospheric composition; (2) the role of inorganic halogens in the atmosphere e.g. ClOx radicals in the polar stratosphere and iodine and bromine compounds in the Marine Boundary Layer. These topics are studied through a combination of atmospheric field measurements, laboratory experiments to study specific processes, and detailed chemical models to simulate atmospheric composition
Academic staff in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Mr James Lymer CChem MRSC
James Lymer is a Senior Environmental Chemist at the Sheffield office of Wardell Armstrong and has 7 years experience of assessing chemicals in soil and groundwater and the risk they pose to human health and other receptors. He has worked for environmental consultancies in the UK working on behalf of primarily private sector clients in brownfield land redevelopment for residential and commercial land uses. His work has involved conducting human health and groundwater risk assessments, agreeing remedial strategies with the Regulatory Authorities, waste classification of soil and on-site supervision of remedial works. More recently James has become involved in assessing soil data from sites outside the UK.
Dr Martin King MRSC
Martin’s research reflects a broad interest in the way chemistry can effect modern climate change, and is currently focused in three areas:
- The oxidation potential of photochemistry in snow and sea ice, and the resultant fluxes of gaseous chemicals from the snowpack.
- The atmospheric oxidation of molecular films on aerosol and rain droplets.
- The vicarious calibration of earth observing instruments and the effect of atmospheric aerosol on snowpack albedo.
Martin studies these effects with a combination of polar fieldwork, laboratory simulation (including a two tonne sea-ice simulator), and radiative-transfer/photochemical modelling. He is also an keen user of large-scale facilities such as neutron and x-ray scattering and laser science facility, and works closely with colleagues from the UK’s Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory and the National Physical Laboratory.
Miss Jo Barnes
Jo Barnes is a Research Associate in the Air Quality Management Resource Centre at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where she is also pursuing a part-time PhD in Air Quality Action Planning. Since graduating from Cornwall College (University of Plymouth) in 2004, Jo has gained more than six years' experience in local air quality management practice and policy working with, and for, local and national government.
Jo served as Honorary Secretary of the Environmental Chemistry Group (ECG) (2005-2011) and has also assisted with convening the annual Distinguished Guest Lectures and Symposia and with producing the ECG Bulletin
Dr Stephen Ball MRSC
Atmospheric Chemistry Representative
Dr Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink CChem MRSC
Dr Zoë Fleming MRSC
Dr Zoë Fleming is a research fellow based at the University of Leicester and works for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) on the analysis of long term atmospheric trace gas measurements. Zoë works closely with the Met Office using dispersion modelling to track the long range transport of pollutants across the globe and their effects on atmospheric composition and chemistry.
Dr Rupert Purchase CChem FRSC
ECG Web Pages Coordinator
Dr Aleksandar Radu
Commissioning Editor ECG Bulletin
Dr Roger Reeve CChem MRSC
Assistant Editor ECG Bulletin
Dr Roger Reeve is a Senior Lecturer teaching Analytical, Inorganic and Environmental Chemistry in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Sunderland. Roger’s current interest is in the analysis of pharmaceuticals in the environment. He has written two books on environmental analysis, the most recent, ‘Introduction to Environmental Analysis’, having recently been published in Chinese. Prior to his appointment at Sunderland, Roger worked in a process plant manufacturing company specialising in atmospheric pollution control equipment.
Dr Leo Salter FRSC
Dr Leo Salter is the President of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division and has a range of research and consultancy interests in water chemistry and air pollution.
Dr Stuart Wagland CChem MRSC
Dr Stuart Wagland is a Lecturer in Renewable Energy from Waste in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at Cranfield University. He has interests in the properties of solid waste materials, such as the composition, recovery of resources and the energy potential of UK waste streams. He has a degree in Chemistry, which was followed up with a PhD from Cranfield University in Environmental Chemistry.