Professor Francis Pope PhD, MChem, MA(Cantab)

Francis Pope

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

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

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.  


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.


Recent publications


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.

Bousiotis, D, Singh, A, Haugen, M, Beddows, DCS, Diez, S, Murphy, KL, Edwards, PM, Boies, A, Harrison, RM & Pope, FD 2021, 'Assessing the sources of particles at an urban background site using both regulatory instruments and low-cost sensors – a comparative study', Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 4139-4155.

Sangkharat, K, Thornes, JE, Wachiradilok, P & Pope, FD 2021, 'Determination of the impact of rainfall on road accidents in Thailand', Heliyon, vol. 7, no. 2, e06061.

Woolley, K, Dickinson-Craig, E, Bartington, S, Oludotun, T, Kirenga, B, Mariga, S, Kabera, T, Coombe, A, Pope, F, Singh, A, Avis, W, Day, R, Warburton, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Moore, D & Thomas, GN 2021, '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 protocol', BMC Systematic Reviews, vol. 10, no. 1, 33.

Campbell , CA, Bartington, S, Woolley, K, Pope, F, Thomas, GN, Singh, A, Avis, W, Tumwizere, PR, Uwanyirigira, C, Abimana, P & Kabera, T 2021, 'Investigating cooking activity patterns and perceptions of air quality interventions among women in urban Rwanda', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 11, 5984.

Hodgson, JR, Chapman, L & Pope, FD 2021, 'The Diamond League athletic series: does the air quality sparkle?', International Journal of Biometeorology.

Shehab, M, Pope, FD & Delgado-saborit, JM 2021, 'The contribution of cooking appliances and residential traffic proximity to aerosol personal exposure', Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering.

Bousiotis, D, Brean, J, Pope, FD, Dall'osto, M, Querol, X, Alastuey, A, Perez, N, Petäjä, T, Massling, A, Nøjgaard, JK, Nordstrøm, C, Kouvarakis, G, Vratolis, S, Eleftheriadis, K, Niemi, JV, Portin, H, Wiedensohler, A, Weinhold, K, Merkel, M, Tuch, T & Harrison, RM 2021, 'The effect of meteorological conditions and atmospheric composition in the occurrence and development of new particle formation (NPF) events in Europe', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 3345-3370.

Woolley, K, Bartington, S, Pope, F, Price, M, Thomas, GN & Kabera, T 2020, 'Biomass cooking carbon monoxide levels in commercial canteens in Kigali, Rwanda', Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health.

Crilley, LR, Singh, A, Kramer, LJ, Shaw, MD, Alam, MS, Apte, JS, Bloss, WJ, Hildebrandt Ruiz, L, Fu, P, Fu, W, Gani, S, Gatari, M, Ilyinskaya, E, Lewis, AC, Ng'ang'a, D, Sun, Y, Whitty, RCW, Yue, S, Young, S & Pope, FD 2020, 'Effect of aerosol composition on the performance of low-cost optical particle counter correction factors', Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 1181-1193.

Stacey, B, Harrison, RM & Pope, F 2020, 'Evaluation of ultrafine particle concentrations and size distributions at London Heathrow Airport', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 222, 117148.

Sangkharat, K, Mahmood, MA, Thornes, JE, Fisher, PA & Pope, FD 2020, 'Impact of extreme temperatures on ambulance dispatches in London, UK', Environmental Research, vol. 182, pp. 109100.

Kabera, T, Bartington, S, Uwanyirigira, C, Abimana, P & Pope, F 2020, 'Indoor PM2.5 characteristics and CO concentration in households using biomass fuel in Kigali, Rwanda', International Journal of Environmental Studies.

Woolley, K, Bagambe, T, Singh, A, Avis, W, Kabera, T, Weldetinsae, A, Mariga, S, Kirenga, B, Pope, F, Thomas, GN & Bartington, S 2020, 'Investigating the association between wood and charcoal domestic cooking, respiratory symptoms and acute respiratory infections among children aged under 5 years in Uganda: A cross-sectional analysis of the 2015/16 Demographic and Health Survey', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 11, 3974.

Davidson, NM, Gallimore, PJ, Bateman, B, Ward, AD, Botchway, SW, Kalberer, M, Kuimova, MK & Pope, FD 2020, 'Measurement of the fluorescence lifetime of GFP in high refractive index levitated droplets using FLIM', Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, vol. 22, no. 26, pp. 14704-14711.

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