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Kinetics of Aromatics Oxidation with Lasers (KAROL)

Dr Terry Dillon (YDC), Dr Pete Edwards (YDC), Dr Andrew Rickard (YDC)

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This is a project to study the chemistry of atmospherically important aromatic compounds in lab-based experiments in York and elsewhere. . Key components of both diesel and petroleum, the oxidation of aromatics in air is associated with production of large quantities of ozone and other harmful pollutants. Scientists in York have recently observed high levels of large alkyl-substituted aromatics  in Beijing air. The breakdown chemistry of these compounds is unknown, but likely to contribute to air quality issues. In this project you will use lasers to study the rates and products of aromatic breakdown reactions in air.

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Related undergraduate subjects:

  • Atmospheric science
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental science
  • Natural sciences
  • Physical science
  • Physics