Atmospheric Chemistry & Built Environment Group

Research Interests

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
Indoor Air Technologies
Atmospheric Chemistry
Air quality measurement
Experimental design
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Data analysis
Developing and evaluating measurement technologies.
Online trace gas and aerosol measurements.
Vehicle emissions measurement and portable emissions technology

Group Members

Dr Gavin J Phillips – Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Dr Archit Mehra – Postdoctoral researcher

Harriet Jones – Research assistant

Facilities & Instrumentation

DOMestic Systems and Technology InCubator (DOMESTIC) – A facility for studying indoor environmental quality in the built environment.

  • 20 ft ISO container fitted as a domestic kitchen/diner with a small WC (left).
  • Equipped to study the effect of indoor activities and engineering on the chemistry and physics of the indoor environment.

Instrumentation for measurement of ambient conditions, trace gas and aerosol components including:

  • NO/NOx, NO2, O3, SO2, CO2, CH4, H2O and HONO.
  • Aerosol size spectra, PM mass and filter sampling.
  • Ambient meteorology.
  • CO2, Temperature, RH, TVOC.

Mobile Laboratory with extendable mast, plug-in and LPG generator for off-site measurements.

Current Projects

2020 – 2023: EPSRC funded IMPacts of Cooking and Cleaning on indoor Air quality: towards healthy BuiLdings for the futurE (IMPeCCABLE) project. Led by University of York and with University of Nottingham. (EP/T014490/1).

2020 – 2021: Managing COVID-19 safety indoors. In collaboration with Ambisense and NAQTS, funded by the University of Chester.

2020-2021: Management and measurement of ammonia from intensive poultry units using machine learning and sensing, Innovate UK led by FLOX.ai and farming partners.

2021: Science and Technology Facilities Council Air Quality Network (SAQN) Scoping Study – Exploring how sources, behaviour and mitigation strategies influence Indoor Air Quality: A Pilot Study.

Previous Projects

2018: Evaluation of fuel additives for the reduction of vehicle exhaust emissions. Motrac Race Engineering.

2018: Evaluating Low-cost sensors for air pollution management. Funded by the University of Chester.

2016: InterCityAir, NERC Innovation/Innovate UK in collaboration with C-Tech and Cheshire West and Cheshire local authority. Traffic control using low-cost sensor systems for managing air quality.