Dr Christian Pfrang DPhil(Oxon) EurChem CSciTeach CSci CChem FHEA

Dr Christian Pfrang

Dr Pfrang’s research is in the area of gas-phase and heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry currently focusing on the fate of atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on air quality and climate change.  He is also studying reactions of initiators of atmospheric oxidation (in particular ozone and nitrate radicals) with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), e.g. stress-induced plant emissions.  Experimental studies mainly using levitation, monolayer, X-ray & neutron scattering techniques are complemented by computational work predicting the kinetic behaviour of species of atmospheric importance (e.g. co-developing the aerosol models K2-SUB, KM-SUB and KM-GAP).  Dr Pfrang is also aiming to link atmospheric chemistry to related research topics in meteorology, environmental & plant sciences to advance the understanding of the urban environment.


DPhil in Physical & Atmospheric Chemistry (University of Oxford); BSc in Chemistry (FU Berlin); Vordiplom in Chemistry (TU Munich); Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Reading)


LM Air Pollution Control Technology, LM Carbon Management, Air Pollution Chemistry

Postgraduate supervision

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Aerosol Studies, Gas-phase Kinetics and Reaction Products.

Other activities

  • Journal Advisory Board: Sci
  • Journal Editor: Atmosphere (Section: Aerosols)
  • Member: NERC Peer Review College
  • Royal Society of Chemistry: CChem
  • Science Council: CSciTeach, CSci
  • European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS): EurChem
  • Previous consultancy work for Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), Department for Transport (DfT), STS Instruments & Johnson Matthey
  • Member: alumni associations of St. Hugh’s College (University of Oxford), Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Carlo-Schmid Programme (csp-network) & Bavarian Elite Academy


Recent publications


Gubb, C, Blanusa, T, Griffiths, A & Pfrang, C 2019, 'Interaction between plant species and substrate type in the removal of CO2 indoors', Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, vol. 12, no. 10, pp. 1197-1206. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-019-00736-2

Woden, B, Skoda, M, Hagreen, M & Pfrang, C 2018, 'Night-time oxidation of a monolayer model for the air–water interface of marine aerosols—a study by simultaneous neutron reflectometry and in situ infra-red reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS)', ATMOSPHERE, vol. 9, no. 12, 471. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos9120471

Gubb, C, Blanusa, T, Griffiths, A & Pfrang, C 2018, 'Can houseplants improve indoor air quality by removing CO2 and increasing relative humidity?', Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-018-0618-9

Sebastiani, F, Campbell, RA, Rastogi, K & Pfrang, C 2018, 'Nighttime oxidation of surfactants at the air–water interface: effects of chain length, head group and saturation', Atmos. Chem. Phys, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 3249-3268. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-3249-2018

Pfrang, C, Rastogi, K, Cabrera-Martinez, E, Seddon, AM, Dicko, C, Labrador, A, Plivelic, T, Cowieson, N & Squires, A 2017, 'Complex three-dimensional self-assembly in proxies for atmospheric aerosols', Nature Communications, vol. 8, 1724. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-017-01918-1

Skoda, M, Thomas, B, Hagreen, M, Sebastiani, F & Pfrang, C 2017, 'Simultaneous neutron reflectometry and infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) study of mixed monolayer reactions at the air–water interface', RSC Advances, vol. 7, pp. 34208-34214 . https://doi.org/10.1039/C7RA04900E

Becerra, R & Pfrang, C 2016, 'Kinetic studies of nitrate radicals: flash photolysis at 193 nm', International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, vol. 48, no. 12, pp. 806-811. https://doi.org/10.1002/kin.21035

Seddon, A, Richardson, S, Rastogi, K, Plivelic, T, Squires, A & Pfrang, C 2016, 'Control of nanomaterial self-assembly in ultrasonically levitated droplets', Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, vol. 7, no. 7, pp. 1341-1345. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00449

Sebastiani, F, Campbell, RA & Pfrang, C 2015, 'Complementarity of neutron reflectometry and ellipsometry for the study of atmospheric reactions at the air–water interface', RSC Advances, pp. 107105-107111. https://doi.org/10.1039/C5RA22725A

Becerra, R, Cannady, JP, Pfrang, C & Walsh, R 2015, 'Time-Resolved Gas-Phase Kinetic, Quantum Chemical, and RRKM Studies of the Reaction of Silylene with 2,5-Dihydrofuran', The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 119, no. 46, pp. 11241–11253. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpca.5b07404

Discussion paper

Sebastiani, F, Campbell, RA, Rastogi, K & Pfrang, C 2017 'Nighttime oxidation of surfactants at the air–water interface : effects of chain length, head group and saturation' Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, European Geosciences Union. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-651

Other contribution

Pfrang, DC, Skoda, DM & Thomas, MB 2017, 1620451.. https://doi.org/10.5286/ISIS.E.84424054

Skoda, DM, Pfrang, DC & Thomas, MB 2017, 1710483.. https://doi.org/10.5286/ISIS.E.87020742

Pfrang, C, Skoda, DM, Thomas, MB & Hagreen, MM 2016, 1610500.. https://doi.org/10.5286/ISIS.E.81735476

Pfrang, DC & Skoda, DM 2015, 1510605.. https://doi.org/10.5286/ISIS.E.61002236

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