Professor Francis Pope PhD, MChem, MA(Cantab)

Francis Pope

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

Contact details

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


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.

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

Tong, H, Zhang, Y, Filippi, A, Wang, T, Li, C, Liu, F, Leppla, D, Kourtchev, I, Wang, K, Keskinen, H-M, Levula, JT, Arangio, AM, Shen, F, Ditas, F, Martin, ST, Artaxo, P, Godoi, RHM, Yamamoto, CI, de Souza, RAF, Huang, R-J, Berkemeier, T, Wang, Y, Hang, S, Cheng, Y, Pope, F, Fu, P, Yao, M, Pohlker, C, Petaja, T, Kulmala, M, Andreae, M, Shiraiwa, M, Poschl, U, Hoffmann, T & Markus, K 2019, 'Radical formation by fine particulate matter associated with highly oxygenated molecules', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 53, no. 21, pp. 12506-12518.

Shehab, MA & Pope, FD 2019, 'Effects of short-term exposure to particulate matter air pollution on cognitive performance', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, no. 1, 8237.

Bousiotis, DI, Dall'Osto, M, Beddows, DCS, Pope, FD & Harrison, RM 2019, 'Analysis of new particle formation (NPF) events at nearby rural, urban background and urban roadside sites', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 19, no. 8, pp. 5679-5694.

Matthaios, VN, Kramer, LJ, Sommariva, R, Pope, FD & Bloss, WJ 2019, 'Investigation of vehicle cold start primary NO2 emissions inferred from ambient monitoring data in the UK and their implications for urban air quality', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 199, pp. 402-414.

Rajé, F, Tight, M & Pope, F 2018, 'Traffic pollution: A search for solutions for a city like Nairobi', Cities, vol. 82, pp. 100-107.

Pope, FD, Gatari, M, Ng'ang'a, D, Poynter, A & Blake, R 2018, 'Airborne particulate matter monitoring in Kenya using calibrated low-cost sensors', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 18, no. 20, pp. 15403-15418.

Gallimore, PJ, Pope, FD, Ward, AD, Davidson, NM & Kalberer, M 2018, '1064 nm Dispersive Raman Micro-Spectroscopy and Optical Trapping of Pharmaceutical Aerosols', Analytical Chemistry.

Crilley, LR, Shaw, M, Pound, R, Kramer, LJ, Price, R, Young, S, Lewis, AC & Pope, FD 2018, 'Evaluation of a low-cost optical particle counter (Alphasense OPC-N2) for ambient air monitoring', Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 709-720.

Ropkins, K, DeFries, TH, Pope, F, Green, DC, Kemper, J, Kishan, S, Fuller, GW, Li, H, Sidebottom, J, Crilley, LR, Kramer, L, Bloss, WJ & Stewart Hager, J 2017, 'Evaluation of EDAR vehicle emissions remote sensing technology', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 609, pp. 1464-1474.

Ilyinskaya, E, Schmidt, A, Mather, TA, Pope, FD, Witham, C, Baxter, P, Jóhannsson, T, Pfeffer, M, Barsotti, S, Singh, A, Sanderson, P, Bergsson, B, McCormick Kilbride, B, Donovan, A, Peters, N, Oppenheimer, C & Edmonds, M 2017, 'Understanding the environmental impacts of large fissure eruptions: Aerosol and gas emissions from the 2014-2015 Holuhraun eruption (Iceland)', Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 472, pp. 309–322.

Mahmood, M, Thornes, J, Pope, F, Fisher, P & Vardoulakis, S 2017, 'Impact of Air Temperature on London Ambulance Call-Out Incidents and Response Times', Climate, vol. 5, no. 61.

Review article

Singh, A, Pant, P & Pope, F 2019, 'Air quality during and after festivals: aerosol concentrations, composition and health effects', Atmospheric Research, vol. 227, pp. 220-232.

Reid, JP, Bertram, AK, Topping, DO, Laskin, A, Martin, ST, Petters, MD, Pope, FD & Rovelli, G 2018, 'The viscosity of atmospherically relevant organic particles', Nature Communications, vol. 9, 956.

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