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Project Spotlight: 
Combustion particles in the atmosphere, transformations, fate and impacts

[Principal Investigator: Professor Gordon Mcfiggans. Funder: NERC] 

The objectives of this project are concerned with understanding and quantifying the contributions of combustion exhaust emissions to airborne concentrations of primary and secondary aerosol as they evolve from the urban to background regional atmosphere.

Combustion particles have major impacts on air quality and climate. As well as primary particles emitted directly, secondary particles are formed through the atmospheric oxidation of vapour phase organic compounds that are also present in the exhaust. Traditionally, primary and secondary particles have been quantified in terms of the total mass of particulate; however the human health and climate impacts are increasingly recognised to be highly dependent on the exact size and mixing state of particles.  

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  • January 2017

    Dr Jonny Crosier has been awarded a NERC grant 'Parameterizing ice clouds using airborne observations and triple-frequency doppler radar data' - £609,422

    Professor Jon LLoyd
    has been awarded a NERC grant 'Genetic and molecular basis of organic-arsenic-microbe interactions in arsenic prone aquifers (GOAM)' - £585,040

    Dr Franciska de Vries
    has been awarded a NERC grabt 'Developing a trait-based framework for predicting soil microbial community response to extreme events' - £422,783

     



     

     

     

     

  • October to December 2016

    Dr Grant Allen has been awarded a research contract with DECC for his project 'Science-based environmental monitoring associated with shale gas development' - £80,593

    Professor Gordon Mcfiggans has been awarded a NERC Directed International Grant 'Process analysis, observations and modelling - Integrated solutions for cleaner air for Delhi (PROMOTE)' - £542,184

    Dr James Allan has been awarded a NERC Directed International Grant 'Megacity Delhi atmospheric emission quantification, assessment and impacts (DelhiFlux) - £143,606

    Dr Cathy Walton has been made an award from the Tekkatho Foundation for her Tekkatho- Myanmar Digital Library project - £101,000

    Professor Richard Bardgett has been awarded a NERC Directed Programmes grant 'Resilience and regime shifts in peatland microbial communities: implications for soil
    Functioning' - £251,906

    Dr Bart van Dongen has been awarded a NERC Directed Programmes grant 'Can we detect changes in Arctic ecosystems?' - £94,819

    Dr Susanne Shultz has been awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges scheme grant 'Understanding the ecosystem impacts of water-abstraction in Arusha National Park - £3,000

    Professor Geraint Vaughan has been awarded a grant by the European Commission for his project 'ACTRIS PPP - Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases Preparatory Phase Project' - £28,440

    Professor Ann Webb has been awarded a contract by DEFRA for her project 'Contract for the Provision of Baseline Measurements of Stratospheric Ozone and Ultraviolet (UV)' - £96,622



     

     

     

     

  • July to September 2016

    Dr Margaret Hartley has been awarded a NERC New Investigator grant 'Recycling of heavy noble gases and halogens: Generating the Icelandic mantle zoo' -£397,670

    Dr Ian Kane has been awarded two PhD projects with Statoil - £221,512

    Professor Mike Burton has been made a Proof of Concept award from the European Commission for his project 'CarbSens' - £118,355

    Dr Laura Richards has been made an EPSRC GCRF award for her project 'Developing the framework for improved groundwater remediation in Southeast Asia' £44,250

    Professor Jon LLoyd has been awarded EPSRC IAA funding for his project 'Follow-on evaluation of Arvia Process for electrochemical disinfection of waters' - £27,536

    Dr Cathy Walton has been made a BBSRC GCRF award for her project 'University of Manchester - University of Kinshasa Exchange: the reliable screening of arboviruses in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania' - £14,961
     


     

     

     

     

  • April to June 2016

    Dr Robert Sansom has been awarded a BBSRC grant 'Overcoming the morphology problem of phylogenetics' - £279,204

    Dr Jonathan Crosier has been awarded a NERC Proof of Concept grant 'CloudSonde' -£132,306

    Professor Hugh Coe has been awarded a NERC Proof of Concept grant 'A Novel Optical Module for Detection and Sizing of Particles in a Single Particle Mass Spectrometer - OptiPart-MS' (NERC Proof of Concept) - £123,920

    Dr Grant Allen has been awarded a NERC Proof of Concept grant 'UAS-Methane: An unmanned aerial system for the remote sensing of methane flux' - £100,984

    Professor Gordon Mcfiggans has been awarded a NERC Industrial CASE Studentship 'A novel capability for the characterisation of semi-volatile atmospheric particles'- £89,776

     


     

     

     

     

  • January to March 2016

    Professor Mike Burton has been awarded a NERC Large Grant 'Quantifying disequilbrium processes in basaltic volcanism- £1,631,228

    Professor Richard Bardgett has been awarded a NERC grant 'Soil microbial community dynamics and biogeochemical cycles under global change: effects of climate and vegetation change in alpine ecosystems' - £573,479

    Dr James Allan has been made a NERC award from the Newton Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in Chinese Megacity programme for his project ‘Sources and Emissions of Air Pollutants in Beijing (Manchester) - AIRPOLL-Beijing-Man’ - £377,298

    Professor Carl Percival has made a NERC award from the Newton Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in Chinese Megacity programme for his project ‘An Integrated Study of AIR Pollution PROcesses in Beijing (AIRPRO) - £234,555

    Dr Grant Allen has been made a NERC Highlight Topics award 'Global Methane Budget UMAN' - £200,893

    Dr Steve Boult has been made an EPSRC Impact Accelerator Award for his project with Evoqua Water Technologies 'To develop, embed and exploit analytical solutions for active and extensive monitoring of water quality in distribution' - £170,902

    Dr Dave Topping has been made a NERC International Opportunities Fund award for his project ‘International network for coordinating work on the physicochemical properties of molecules and mixtures important for atmospheric particulate matter’ -  £118,179

    Professor Jon LLoyd has been awarded a research contract with Sellafield for his Project 'Tc Nanoparticles' - £30,000


     

     

     

  • December 2015

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been made an EPSRC Impact Accelerator award with Arvia Technology ‘Evaluation of Arvia Process for electrochemical disinfection of waters’ - £90,000

     

     

     

  • November 2015

    Dr Sam Shaw has secured a contract with BP Exploration Operating Co for his project ‘Environmental fate of NORM - Naturally occurring radioactive material’ - £50,000  

    Dr Sam Shaw has been awarded an STFC grant ‘Environmental Radioactivity Network (Env-Rad-Net) PLUS’ - £400,484

     

     

     

  • October 2015

    Professor Steve Flint has secured funding from Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd for his project ‘Characterisation of key reservoir architectural elements, depositional controls and calibration of depositional models with dynamic field observations in the Buzzard Field’ - £169,915

    Professor Carl Percival has been awarded a contract by DSTL for his Residual Chlorine Gas analysis project - £17,277

    Professor Ann Webb has been secured a contract with Jaguar Land Rover Ltd for her Fog and Rain Machine Vision Support project - £19,094

     

     

     

  • September 2015

    Dr Grant Alllen has secured funding from DECC for his work on Public National Good Science-based Monitoring - £157,669

    Professor Dave Schultz has been awared a grant from BIOS for his project 'What's the Worst That Can Happen? Re-examining the Most Destructive Convective Storms over Europe' -£43,766

  • July 2015

    Dr Katie Joy has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship 'The Moon's Archive of Solar System Bombardment' -£472,557

    Professor Dave Schultz
    has been awarded a NERC grant'The Environments of Convective Storms: Challenging Conventional Wisdom' -£276,663

    Dr Laura Richards has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship 'Tackling arsenic pollution in South/Southeast Asia: a multipronged approach' -£90,000

  • March 2015

    Professor Mike Burton brings his ERC Starting grant to the University 'Quantifiying the global volcanic C02 cycle - C02VOLC' - £441,933

     

  • February 2015

    Professor Giulio Di Toro brings his ERC Consolidator grant to the University 'New Outlook on seismic faults: from EARthquake nucleation to arrest (NOFEAR) - £500,726

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been awarded a NERC SOS Mineral Resouces grant 'COG3L The geology, geometallurgy and geomirobiology of cobalt resouces leading to new product streams‘ - £513,944 

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been awarded a H2020 grant from the European Commission 'MIND Development of the safety case knowledge base about the influence of microbial processes on geological disposal of radioactive wastes' - £291,294

    Henrique Barbosa working with Professor Gordon Mcfiggans has been awarded a Newton Advanced Fellowship to start in March 2015 - £72,000

    Lin Wang working with Professor Hugh Coe has been awarded a Newton Advanced Fellowship to start in March 2015 - £110,000

  • January 2015

    Dr Steve Boult has been made a NERC Impact Award - £10,000

    Dr Paul Williams has been awarded a research contract with NCRA for his project ' Mass Assessment of nvPM Technology Readiness for Aviation MANTRA' - £9,444

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been awarded a studentship with NDA for his project 'Optimising bioremediation end-points for the safe and effective long-term stewardship of UK radwaste impacted land' - £94,883

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been awarded a studentship with WRM for his project 'Microbial Processes within Bentonite Barrier Materials' - £101,174

  • December 2014

    Professor Jamie Gilmour and colleagues from Planetary Sciences have been awarded an STFC Consolidated grant ‘Cosmochemistry and Planetary Science at the University of Manchester’ - £1,621,498 

    Dr Cathy Hollis and colleagues from The Universities of Bristol, RHUL and Bergen have been awarded research contract with various industrial sponsors for their project 'PD3: Centre for Integrated, Multi-scale Carbonate Petroleum Geoscience' -£450,000

    Dr Paul Williams has been awarded a contract with Rolls Royce PLC for his project 'Investigation to Assess Chemical Transformation of Aircraft Lubrication Oil under Different Temperature Regimes' - £12,839 

  • November 2014

    Professor Jon Lloyd and Dr Sam Shaw have been awarded a NERC Strategic Environmental Science Capital grant ‘Nanoscale Imaging and Analysis Facility for Environmental Materials (NIAFEM). Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron microscope (FEG‐SEM) with focus X‐ray florescence (XRF), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and Raman’ - £500,00

    Professor Kevin Taylor has been awarded a NERC Knowledge Exchange research grant 'CASCADE - UK Carboniferous Shale Resource Assessment, Characterization and Development Evaluation' £74,789

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been made an award under the NERC Impact Accelerator Account for the project 'Assessing the potential for microbial H2S production during shale gas extraction’ -  £38,579

  • August 2014

    Dr Julian Mecklenburgh has been awarded a NERC grant ‘Shining light on shale: geomechanics and 4D fracture characterization ’ - £582,119

    Professor Tom Choularton has been awarded a NERC grant ‘UK ICE-D’ -  £432,625

    Dr Dave Topping has been awarded a NERC grant ‘Diffusion and Equilibration in Viscous Atmospheric Aerosol’  - £182,804

    Dr Julian Mecklenburgh has been awarded a NERC grant ‘The feedback between volatiles and mantle dynamics’ - £128,038

    Professor Kath Morris has been made an award under the EPSRC Impact AcceleratorAccount for the project ‘Understanding the stability of radionuclides in the sub-surface: Flow through bioreduction and re-oxidation systems’ - £120,000

  • June 2014

    Professor Hugh Coe has been successfully awarded a NERC grant 'Clouds and aerosol radiative impacts and forcing: Year 2016 (CLARIFY-2016)' - £605,765

    Professor Phil Manning has been successfully awarded an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship ‘Bright Lights and Dinosaurs’ - £112,703

    Professor Jonathan Redfern has been awarded a research contract with Hess Corporation for his project 'Analysis of carbonate depositional systems and reservoir characterisation, to determine controls on reservoir quality: Hess exploration wells, Kurdistan' - £99,216

    Professor Kath Morris
     has been awarded a studentship by the NDA for the project 'Assessment of natural attenuation and targeted in situ remediation for in situ groundwater treatment sites' starting in October 2014 - £85,946

    Professor Dave Polya has been made an award from the NERC Impact Accelerator Concept and Feasibility Study Scheme for his project ‘Biomonitoring equivalents and public health tracking and advice’ - £21,654

    Professor Ernie Rutter has been made an award from the NERC Impact Accelerator Concept and Feasibility Study Schemefor his project ‘Towards commercialization of stress-dependent permeability measurements for the shale gas industry.’ - £24,903

  • May 2014

    Professor Hugh Coe has been successfully awarded a NERC grant 'SWAAMI  - South West Asian Aerosol Monsoon Interactions' - £535,308

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been successfully awarded a NERC grant ‘Resource recovery from wastewater with Bioelectrochemical systems’ - £200,316

  • April 2014

    Dr Fabien Knoll has been successfully awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship ‘Animated 3D digital reconstructions of early European birds: a new window on the origin of avian flight using "state of the art" techniques on exceptional fossils’ - £247,387

  • March 2014

    Dr Matthias Willbold has been awarded a NERC grant ‘Testing the 'wet versus dry' late veneer hypothesis’  - £332,006

  • February 2014

    Professor Jon Lloyd has begun his NERC project ‘Cobalt: the roles of Geology, Geomicrobiology and Geometallurgy in its mineral formation and recovery’ - £11,686 (subcontract from Bangor University)

  • January 2014

    Professor Gordon McFiggans has been awarded a NERC grant ‘The effects of organic material on warm and cold cloud formation: from the laboratory to regional and global impacts’ - £654,201

    Professor Kath Morris has been made NERC Impact Accelerator Relationship Incubator award for her project  ‘Visiting BP to create new opportunities in research normally associated with naturally occurring radioactive material’ - £8,010

  • December 2013

    Dr Paul Connolly has been awarded £268,345 from the European Commission for his project ‘Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic Understanding’.

    Dr Adrian Antonescu has been awarded a 2 year AXA Research Fund Fellowship for his project ‘Assessing the theat of severe convective storms across Europe’ - £93,749

    Dr Sarah Crowther has been awarded an STFC grant ‘Moon, Mars and Meteorites for the masses’ - £5,776

    Professor Dave Polya has been made NERC Impact Accelerator Relationship Incubator award for his project ‘Impacting Mineral Exploration from Knowledge Exchange’ - £3,921

  • November 2013

    Professor Ann Webb has been awarded £245,740 from the European Commission for her project ‘Food-based for Optimal Vitamin D and Nutrition and Health through the Life Cycle’

    Dr Paul Williams has secured further funding from Rolls Royce PLC for consortium contracts - £13,806

  • October 2013

    Professor Hugh Coe has been awarded £279,612 from the European Commission for his project ‘Dynamic aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in West Africa‘

  • September 2013

    Dr Mads Huuse and Dr David Hodgetts have begun their project ‘Sand Injectites Phase 3’ - £271,301 (subcontract from University of Aberdeen)

    Dr Ray Burgess has been awarded an equipment grant from the STFC ‘A noble gas analytical capability for UKCAN’ - £72,000

    Professor Steve Flint has been awarded a research contract with Statiol Petroleum AS for his project ‘Understanding the relative plan of accommodation and local basin factors of fluvial reservoir architecture and connectivity’ - £46,000

  • July 2013

    Professor Francis Livens and colleagues from Molecular Environmental Science and Chemistry have been awarded a NERC research programmes grant ‘Long-lived radionuclides in the surface environment (LO-RISE) - mechanistic studies of speciation, environmental transport and transfer’ - £770,885

    Professor Kevin Taylor and Dr Julian Mecklenburgh have secured funding from Industry from multiple sponsors for their research project ‘The MSGR (Mudstone & Shale Gas Research) Consortium: Enhanced Shale Reservoir Characterisation’ - £450,000

    Jon Rimmer has been awarded a COST Action titled ‘AEuropean BREWer NETwork’ by the European Commission - £87,705

    Professor David Polya and Dr Linda Campbell have been awarded a NERC grant ‘Rare earth element (REE) behaviour in alkaline mineral systems: harnessing nature's geochemical patterns’ – £69,078

    Professor Ann Webb has been awarded a research contract from ADB BVBA for her project ‘The influence of fog on airfield lighting’ - £60,000

    Professor Richard Patrick has been awarded a NERC grant ‘Biogeochemistry, bioextraction and biorecovery of Rare Earth Elements – BioORE’ - £8,288

  • June 2013

    Professor Gordon McFiggans has been awarded a NERC grant ‘Com-Part: Combustion particles in the atmosphere, transformations, fate and impacts’ - £418,455

    Professor Tom Choularton has been awarded a NERC grant ‘Microphysics of Antarctic clouds. (MAC-2012)’- £392,555

    Professor Carl Percival has been awarded a NERC grant ‘Urban oxidising capacity measurements using inert and reactive tracers’ - £261,480

    Professor Keith Bower and Dr James Dorsey have been awarded a NERC grant ‘Cirrus coupled cloud-radiation experiment’ £135,565

  • May 2013

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been made a NERC Impact Accelerator Concept and Feasibility Study award for his project ‘-Control of microbial biomass in nuclear facilities’ - £19,006

  • March 2013

    Professor Steve Flint has secured funding from industry from multiple sponsors for his research project ‘The Karoo Basin Synthesis’ - £741,354.

    Professor Gordon McFiggans has secured funding from DEFRA for the project ‘Understanding secondary Inorganic & Organic Aerosol’ as part of the Framework Agreement for the understanding of Particulate Matter in the UK. - £44,999

    Dr Paul Williams has secured further funding from Rolls Royce PLC for consortium contracts - £47,262

    Professor Tom Choularton has been made an NERC Impact Accelerator Relationship Incubator award for his project ‘Connective Precipitation Observation Modelling and Forecasting’ - £11,994

    Professor Kath Morris has been made an NERC Impact Accelerator Relationship Incubator award for her project ‘Visiting UK Compancies to develop relationships for nuclear environmental science research impact - (1) Radionuclide Biogeochemistry’ - £,4,482

    Professor Jon Lloyd has been made an NERC Impact Accelerator Relationship Incubator award for his project ‘Visiting UK Companies to develop relationships for nuclear environmental science research impact - Molecular Ecology- £4,368

    Professor Kevin Taylor has been made an NERC Impact Accelerator Relationship Incubator award for his project ‘-Development of industrial links and collaboration in oil and gas geology and technology’ - £4,212

    Dr Sam Shaw has been made an NERC Impact Accelerator Relationship Incubator award for his project ‘Development of relationships with Sellafield Ltd to enhance radioactive waste management relating to the Enhanced Anctinide Recovery Programme (EARP) ’ - £4,160

  • February 2013

    Dr Paul Connolly has been successfully awarded a NERC grant ‘Ice nucleation process investigation and quantification’ - £479,474.

    Dr Cathy Hollis has been awarded a research contract from BP Expolration Operations Co Ltd for her project ‘Outcrop, seismic and stratigraphic forward modelling of shallow-marine carbonate reservoir’ - £277,569.

    Dr Sam Shaw has been successfully awarded an STFC grant ‘Environmental Radioactivity Research Network’ - £203,347.

    Professor Gordon McFiggans has been successfully awarded an STFC grant ‘Particle size magnifier for fundamental nucleation studies’ - £15,481.

    Professor Martin Gallagher has been successfully awarded a grant from the Met Office for his project ‘SALSTICE –CONSTRAIN’ - £10,263.

  • January 2013

    Professor Chris Ballentine has been successfully awarded a research contract from DECC for his project ‘The long term performance of geological seals to carbon storage’ - £171,380.

    Professor Martin Gallagher has been successfully awarded a European Commission EU FP7 grant ‘IAGOS-GOMES consortium’ - £108,495.

    Professor Carl Percival has been successfully awarded a NERC grant ‘Gas phase studies of criegee intermediates’ - £93,554.

    Dr Filipa Cox has been successfully awarded a grant from BES for her project ‘Characterising Antarctica's active fungi’ - £12,954.

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