Professor Francis Pope PhD, MChem, MA(Cantab)

Francis Pope

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Atmospheric Science

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Francis is an environmental scientist with wide ranging interests in the atmospheric sciences, human health and sustainable cities. He trained as a physical chemist and he uses this fundamental knowledge to develop novel instrumentation and probe systems of interest. 

Francis has active research projects in the broad areas of air pollution, climate change, fundamental aerosol chemistry and microphysics, and city resilience. He leads the ‘A Systems Approach to Air Pollution (ASAP) East Africa’ which is taking a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling air pollution in the study cities of Nairobi, Kampala, and Addis Ababa.  

Qualifications

2010 – MA (Cantab) – University of Cambridge

2005 – Ph.D. – University of Bristol

2001 – MChem (international) – University of Leeds

Postgraduate supervision

Francis Pope is a chemist with wide ranging interests in the atmospheric sciences. He applies a fundamental physicochemical approach to investigate atmospheric species and develops novel instrumentation to probe their processes. In particular he is interested in the assessment of geoengineering schemes, primary biological aerosols and their role in atmosphere-biosphere interactions, and multi-parameter processing and aging of aerosols. Dr Pope is interested in supervising doctoral researchers in the following areas:

Assessment of geoengineering options
Aerosol interactions between the atmosphere and biosphere
Instrumentation and laboratory investigation of atmospheric chemistry

Other activities

Convener of the ‘Aerosol chemistry and microphysics’ session at the European Geophysical Union (EGU) conference.

Associate editor of the Copernicus journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques.

Example Media Work

Member of the following societies:

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), European Geophysical Union (EGU), and UK Aerosol Society

Reviewer for the following journals:

Nature Communications, Physics Review Letters, Environmental Science & Technology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Faraday Discussions, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry Letters, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Journal of Chemical Physics, and Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Whitty, RCW, Pfeffer, MA, Ilyinskaya, E, Roberts, TJ, Schmidt, A, Barsotti, S, Strauch, W, Crilley, LR, Pope, FD, Bellanger, H, Mendoza, E, Mather, TA, Liu, EJ, Peters, N, Taylor, IA, Francis, H, Leiva, XH, Lynch, D, Norbert, S & Baxter, P 2022, 'Assessing the effectiveness of low-cost air quality monitors for identifying volcanic SO2 and PM downwind from Masaya volcano, Nicaragua', Volcanica, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 33-59. https://doi.org/10.30909/vol.05.01.1339

Global - CLEAR 2022, 'Association of household cooking location behaviour with acute respiratory infections among children aged under five years; a cross sectional analysis of 30 Sub-Saharan African demographic and health surveys', Atmospheric Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2022.119055

Woolley, KE, Bartington, SE, Pope, FD, Greenfield, SM, Tusting, LS, Price, MJ & Thomas, GN 2022, 'Cooking outdoors or with cleaner fuels does not increase malarial risk in children under 5 years: a cross-sectional study of 17 sub-Saharan African countries', Malaria Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 133. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-022-04152-3

Haugen, MJ, Singh, A, Bousiotis, D, Pope, FD & Boies, AM 2022, 'Differentiating semi-volatile and solid particle events using low-cost lung-deposited surface area and black carbon sensors', Atmosphere, vol. 13, no. 5, 747. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13050747

Cowell, N, Chapman, L, Bloss, W & Pope, F 2022, 'Field Calibration and Evaluation of an Internet-of-Things-Based Particulate Matter Sensor', Frontiers in Environmental Science, vol. 9, 798485. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenvs.2021.798485

Singh, A, Bartington, SE, Song, C, Ghaffarpasand, O, Kraftl, M, Shi, Z, Pope, FD, Stacey, B, Hall, J, Thomas, GN, Bloss, WJ & Leach, FCP 2022, 'Impacts of emergency health protection measures upon air quality, traffic and public health: evidence from Oxford, UK', Environmental Pollution, vol. 293, 118584. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.118584

McGrory, MR, Shepherd, RH, King, MD, Davidson, N, Pope, FD, Watson, IM, Grainger, RG, Jones, AC & Ward, AD 2022, 'Mie scattering from optically levitated mixed sulfuric acid-silica core-shell aerosols: observation of core-shell morphology for atmospheric science', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1cp04068e

Woolley, K, Bartington, S, Thomas, GN, Pope, F, Muhizi, A, Mugabe, C, Ahishakiye, O, Kabera, T & Greenfield, S 2022, 'Women’s perceptions and attitudes to household air pollution exposure and capability to change cooking behaviours in urban Rwanda', Sustainability, vol. 14, no. 3, 1608. https://doi.org/10.3390/su14031608

Bousiotis, D, Pope, F, Beddows, D, Dall’Osto, M, Massling, A, Klenø Nøjgaard, J, Nordstrøm, C, Niemi, JV, Portin, H, Petäjä, T, Perez, N, Alastuey, A, Querol, X, Kouvarakis, G, Mihalopoulos, N, Vratolis, S, Eleftheriadis, K, Wiedensohler, A, Weinhold, K, Merkel, M, Tuch, T & Harrison, R 2021, 'A phenomenology of new particle formation (NPF) at 13 European sites', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 21, no. 15, pp. 11905-11925 . https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-11905-2021

Singh, A, Ng'ang'a, D, Gatari, M, Kidane, AW, Alemu, Z, Derrick, N, Webster, MJ, Bartington, S, Thomas, N, Avis, WR & Pope, F 2021, 'Air quality assessment in three East African cities using calibrated low-cost sensors with a focus on road-based hotspots', Environmental Research Communications, vol. 3, no. 7, 075007. https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7620/ac0e0a

Other contribution

Scheffler, J, Vieno, M, Flynn, M, Lacy, S, Diez, S, Pope, FD, Edwards, P & Braban, CF 2022, Local Physical Chemistry Statements for Low cost sensor added value.. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-12342

Pope, F, Bousiotis, D, Beddows, D & Allison, G 2022, Low cost source apportionment of urban air pollution.. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-4361

Preprint

Bousiotis, D, Beddows, D, Singh, A, Haugen, M, Diez, S, Edwards, P, Boies, A, Harrison, R & Pope, F 2022 'A study on the performance of low-cost sensors for source apportionment at an urban background site'. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2022-84

Bousiotis, D, Beddows, D, Singh, A, Haugen, M, Diez, S, Edwards, P, Boies, A, Harrison, R & Pope, F 2022 'Supplementary material to "A study on the performance of low-cost sensors for source apportionment at an urban background site"'. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2022-84-supplement

Review article

Woolley, KE, Dickinson-Craig, E, Lawson, HL, Sheikh, J, Day, R, Pope, FD, Greenfield, SM, Bartington, SE, Warburton, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Price, MJ, Moore, DJ & Thomas, GN 2022, 'Effectiveness of interventions to reduce household air pollution from solid biomass fuels and improve maternal and child health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Indoor Air. https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12958

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