Joanna Egan

Joanna Egan


Before undertaking postgraduate research, I studied for an undergraduate Master’s degree in Physics at the University of Oxford. I specialised in both Particle Physics and Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics. I joined the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science in 2020, and undertook a short research project at the University of Bristol looking at  single particle spectroscopic techniques for measuring the optical properties of absorbing aerosol droplets. I am part of Professor John Plane’s Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry group and Professor Benjamin Murray’s Atmospheric Ice Nucleation group.

Research interests

My research is focused on studying and identifying the cause of the near-UV absorption in the upper cloud layer on Venus. This involves a combination of laboratory experiments looking at the optical properties of potential absorber candidates and the low temperature behaviour of sulphuric acid, and atmospheric modelling using the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) Venus General Circulaton Model.


  • MPhys Physics, University of Oxford, 2019

Research groups and institutes

  • Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry