Dr Gavin Phillips

Senior Lecturer in Natural Sciences

Gavin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Natural Sciences, specialising in environmental science, chemical analysis and air chemistry. He is programme leader for the BSc Chemistry programme. His research interests include developing instrumentation, air chemistry and smart cities infrastructure. He is also the academic director of the Analytical Centre at Thornton, a facility where undergraduates can work with industrial partners on projects and gain valuable hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation.


  • B.Sc (Hons) Chemistry with Analytical Chemistry (Loughborough); PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Chester), Ph.D. Atmospheric Chemistry (Leicester).
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate.


Gavin is the programme leader for BSc Chemistry and teaches first year general Chemistry and third year Environmental Science.


Gavin specialises in the measurement of ambient air and the interaction between particles and gases. Working in environments all over the globe he has been involved in many projects studying the chemistry and physics of snow and ice, the effect of land-use on air composition and the measurement of urban and agricultural atmospheric pollution.

Following his Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Leicester, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying the interaction between light, chemistry and snow. Moving back to the UK he spent 6 years working for the Natural Environment Research Council as an atmospheric and environmental chemist working on the chemical composition of the atmosphere. He then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Germany where he used chemical ionisation mass spectrometry to study photochemical and heterogeneous chemistry in the troposphere.

Published work

For a full list of publications please visit my page on google scholar.


2013 to date: Associate editor of Atmospheric Measurement Techniques published by the European Geosciences Union.

Recent selected publications

Aerosol chemistry resolved by mass spectrometry - Linking field measurements of cloud condensation nuclei activity to organic aerosol composition, A. L. Vogel, J. Schneider, C. Müller-Tautges, G. J. Phillips, M. L. Krüger, D. Rose, U. Makkonen, H. Hakola, J. N. Crowley, U. Pöschl and T. Hoffmann, Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 10823 (2016).

Estimating N2O5 uptake coefficients using ambient measurements of NO3, N2O5, ClNO2 and particle-phase nitrate, G. J. Phillips, J. Thieser, M. J. Tang, N. Sobanski, G. Schuster, J. Fachinger, F. Drewnick, S. Borrmann, H. Bingemer, J. Lelieveld, and J. N. Crowley, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16, 13231 (2016).

A Two-Channel, Thermal Dissociation Cavity-Ringdown Spectrometer for the detection of ambient NO2, RO2NO2 and RONO2, J. Thieser, G. Schuster, J. Schuladen, G. J. Phillips, A. Reiffs, U. Parchatka, D. Pöhler, J. Lelieveld, and J. N. Crowley, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 9, 553 (2016).

Sub-Antarctic marine aerosol: Significant contributions from biogenic sources, J.Schmale, J. Schneider, E. Nemitz, Y. S. Tang, U. Dragosits, T.D. Blackall, P.N. Trathan, G. J. Phillips, M. A. Sutton and C. F. Braban, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 8669 (2013).

The detection of nocturnal N2O5 as HNO3 by alkali- and aqueous-denuder techniques, G. J. Phillips, U. Makkonen, G. Schuster, N. Sobanski, H. Hakkola and J. N. Crowley, Atmos. Meas. Tech. 6, 231 (2013).

Peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN) and peroxyacetic acid (PAA) measurements by iodide chemical ionization mass spectrometry: first analysis of results in the boreal forest and implications for the measurement of PAN fluxes, G. J. Phillips, N. Pouvesle, J. Thieser, G. Schuster, R. Axinte, H. Fischer, J. Williams, J. Lelieveld and J. N. Crowley, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 13, 1129 (2013).

Significant concentrations of nitryl chloride observed in rural continental Europe associated with the influence of sea salt chloride and anthropogenic emissions, G. J. Phillips, M. J. Tang, J. Thieser, B. Brickwedde, G. Schuster, B. Bohn, J. Lelieveldand J. N. Crowley, Geophys. Res. Lett. 39, L10811 (2012).