Air Pollution Chemistry


Students will study the basic principles underlying the chemistry of the atmosphere and gain detailed knowledge of the chemical processes involved in important air pollution phenomena such as urban smog, acid rain, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change. The key role of transient reactive intermediate species will be emphasised. The implications for air pollution control will be considered in depth.

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the underpinning chemistry needed for an understanding of air pollution chemistry.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the mechanisms of atmospheric chemical processes.
  • Predict the rates of atmospheric chemical processes.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the key role of free radical intermediate species in atmospheric chemistry.
  • Have a detailed knowledge of the chemical processes involved in major air pollution phenomena.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how simple models of the chemistry of the atmosphere operate.
  • Recognise the implications of atmospheric chemistry for air pollution control.


  • Coursework: Computer-based Air Pollution Chemistry modelling exercise with associated follow-on problems - 40 % 
    2 hour written examination - 60 %