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Daniel Phillips

PhD student

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Daniel is currently a PhD student of the EnvEast DTP based at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Daniel graduated with a first-class BSc in chemistry (2017); winning multiple awards for his performance in analytical chemistry, and immediately began his postgraduate research. His research interests include atmospheric and marine chemistry, with his research project studying the air-sea gas exchange of anthropogenic pollution and key organic gases that are important for our atmosphere and climate. Daniel is an associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and frequently engages with the peninsula section (south-west) committee as a Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) demonstrator. Daniel is also a trained SCUBA diver (PADI: AOWD) with experience in ocean waters around south-west UK.

Daniel’s project aims to study the air-sea transport (flux) and exchange of oxidising anthropogenic pollution and its in-ocean reactions with dissolved organic matter, to produce the key organic gases that are important for the atmosphere and climate. Firstly, the aim requires a detailed field measurement campaign of atmospheric and marine components, at the Penlee Point Atmospheric Observatory and the surrounding seawater, using a PTR-MS and spectroscopic instruments. Secondly the aim requires laboratory-scale measurements of the air-sea exchange interface to understand the involvement of other chemical species and parameters in the reactions of the pollution and dissolved matter. Lastly, the aim requires numerical modelling to unify the laboratory and field measurements to understand the true effect of the pollution on the concentration of VOCs in our oceans and atmosphere. The project is supported with the expertise of Dr Ming-Xi Yang, Dr Frances Hopkins and Prof Phil Nightingale at PML, and Dr Martin Johnson and Prof Peter Liss at UEA.