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Daniel Phillips

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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 transport, exchange and in-ocean reactions of anthropogenic pollution and key organic gases.

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.



‘Atmosphere-ocean exchange in the Anthropocene – how air pollution modifies the ‘smell of the sea’


Daniel’s project aims to study the air-sea transport (flux), exchange and in-ocean reactions of oxidising and acid precursor anthropogenic pollution, and the key organic gases (OVOC’s) 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, using a PTR-MS and spectroscopic instruments, and the surrounding seawater.

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 organic gases. 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 OVOCs in our oceans and atmosphere.


Research Group

Plymouth Marine Laboratory