William (Bill) Bloss
PROFESSOR of ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
Atmospheric processing affects the current and future composition of our air, with impacts upon human and environmental health, air quality and climate.
My group's work improves scientific understanding of the causes of poor air quality, and hence the development of effective policy measures for Clean Air. We focus upon the sources of atmospheric pollutants, and the chemical processes which remove some air pollutants and produce others.
Atmospheric processing affects the current and future composition of our air, with impacts upon human and environmental health, air quality and climate. My research group addresses areas of atmospheric chemistry and clean air science, including
- Understanding the sources and transformations of air pollutants in the urban atmosphere, ranging from trends in the UK to developing megacities such as Delhi
- Quantifying the sources and sinks for atmospheric oxidants: impacts from processes such as new reactive nitrogen emissions and particulate-mediated renoxification
- Applying air pollution science to improve local and regional air quality policy measures
Our work combines atmospheric field measurements, simulation chamber and laboratory studies and numerical modelling approaches. Fundamental understanding of the atmospheric chemical system is placed in an applied context: working with partners to apply clean air science for improved human and environmental health.
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Opportunities: I'm happy to discuss ideas for PhD research projects and applications for funded fellowship schemes. Please send me an email (ideally with your CV and an outline of your interests and ideas). Our funded job opportunities within research projects will always be advertised externally through sites like jobs.ac.uk, and on the University jobs pages.
WM-Air is a five-year project to apply Birmingham's environmental science expertise to deliver improved air quality and health across the West Midlands, working in partnership with over 20 public and private sector stakeholder organisations.
ASAP-Delhi will provide authoritative assessment of the sources, formation process, burden and characteristics of air pollutants in Delhi, with a philosophy of deriving pollutant source, budget and behaviour insights from direct atmospheric observations.
The AIRPOLL and AIRPRO projects will identify the emission sources and chemical transformations giving rise to poor air quality - haze - in Beijing.
Photoenhanced reactions on aerosol particle surfaces may convert NOx sinks into NOx precursors, changing atmospheric oxidising capacity. We are investigating this new mechanism in the laboratory and through field measurements at the Cape Verde atmospheric observatory.
BAQS / OSCA
BAQS is one of three national urban air quality supersites, providing detailed online characterisation of air pollution levels, responses to policy interventions and emerging trends
Transition is an interdisciplinary network undertaking innovative research to address emerging indoor/outdoor air quality challenges across UK surface transport, in the Net Zero context
Research Group (See also WM-Air Team)
Research Group Alumni
Former PhD / Graduate Students
Dr Tara Rasoul
Now at Kore Technology Ltd
Lecturer at the University of Qatar
Air Monitors UK, Gloucester
WM-Air Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
Lecturer at Higher College of Technology, Muscat, Oman
Research Fellow at Birmingham
Postdoc position at Cambridge
Postdoc positions at Leicester and Leeds / NCAS
MPhil Student: Moved to Azko Nobel
Now at Ricardo AEA
Now at York University, Toronto
Postdoc positions at UEA and the University of York
Lecturer at LISA, Paris
CIBION, Buenos Aires
BSP Optical Performance Centre, Birmingham
Postdoc position at the University of Leeds
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William Bloss - Biography
UKRI funding via Grants-on-the-Web
Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Birmingham
2007+ : School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
2001 - 2006: Research Fellow; Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds.
1999 - 2001: Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
1995 - 1999: Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry), University of Cambridge
1992 - 1995: BA (Natural Sciences – Chemistry), University of Cambridge.
1991 - 1992: Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Deacon Laboratory
Head of School, Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences; University of Birmingham (2016 - 2020)
NERC: Core Peer Review College (2015 -)
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
Chair, RSC Environmental Chemistry Group (2013 - 2015)
Co-editor, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (to 2016)