Professor John Plane FRS
- Position: Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry
- 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.
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 – the meteoric metal layers, noctilucent clouds, the coupling of chemistry with tides and gravity waves, long-term change – and aspects of the tropospheric marine boundary layer - the role of nitrate and halogen oxide radicals, and the production of ultra-fine aerosol.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- MA in Natural Sciences (U. of Cambridge) 1979
- PhD in Physical Chemistry (U. of Cambridge) 1983
- Fellow of the Americal Geophysical Union
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
- Member of the American Chemical Society
- Member of the European Geosciences Union
Research groups and institutes
- Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry