Professor John Plane
- Position: Professor
- Areas of expertise: Atmospheric chemistry; planetary atmospheres; kinetics and photochemistry; mesosphere; marine boundary layer.
- Email: J.M.C.Plane@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 8044
Our research interests span the three branches of atmospheric chemistry: laboratory studies (kinetics and photochemistry), atmospheric measurements, and modelling. We show varied research interests with a common aim of understanding the chemistry of planetary atmospheres.
- Director of Research and Innovation
Our research interests span the three branches of atmospheric chemistry: laboratory studies (kinetics and photochemistry), atmospheric measurements, and modelling. Current laboratory-based research includes experimental and theoretical studies of neutral and ion-molecule reactions in the gas phase, uptake on ice surfaces, photo-electric emission from doped low-temperature ice, and the formation of nano-particles by homogeneous nucleation.
Atmospheric measurements include the development of differential optical absorption spectroscopy for observing trace species in the troposphere and stratosphere, and rocket-borne and satellite observations of the upper atmosphere. Recent modelling work has focused on topics in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere Â– the meteoric metal layers, noctilucent clouds, the coupling of chemistry with tides and gravity waves, long-term change Â– and aspects of the tropospheric marine boundary layer - the role of nitrate and halogen oxide radicals, and the production of ultra-fine aerosol.
Research groups and institutes
- Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry