Dr David M. Rowley

  David is a senior lecturer in physical chemistry, with research interests in gas phase kinetics, dynamics and photochemistry relevant to global atmospheric change.  His research focuses on halogen oxide radicals, relevant to tropospheric and stratospheric ozone loss, but also low temperature oxidation processes which affect removal of hydrocarbons from the air and therefore potential global warming. He also contributes significantly to the public understanding of science, through public events, (e.g. at the science museum), but also schools talks, invited RSC talks and even stand up comedy.
Summary of research group
  We are concerned with understand gas phase reactions and photochemical processes that affect the composition of the air and therefore often present environmental damage.  We investigate both upper atmosphere (stratospheric) processes at low temperature, but also lower atmospheric (tropospheric) processes which affect species abundances including those of greenhouse gases.  We are moving towards investigating new and more esoteric species that take part in atmospheric oxidation, along with investigations into structure-reactivity correlations which may help  develop predictive capabilities.  We (myself and former group members) are avid exponents of science dissemination.
Research highlights
  Recent resolution of balloon borne measurements of stratospheric chlorine dioxide following modelling studies in collaboration with the University of Maryland, USA
Research Facilities
  • Laser flash photolysis with broadband spectral detection
  • Mass spectrometry coupled to flow tube
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry 
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
Research interests
  • Gas phase chemical kinetics of radicals
  • Halogen oxide chemistry
  • Peroxy radical chemistry
  • Photochemistry of short lived atmospheric species
  • Development of structure/ activity relationships for atmospheric science
  • Sustainable chemistry and dissemination of  environmental science
  • Physical chemistry (kinetics) to second year students.  
  • Advanced physical (atmospheric) chemistry to final year and graduate students.  
  • Spectroscopy (practical) to third year students