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Professor Martin King

Martin King is a professor of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Chemistry at the Department of Earth Science, Royal Holloway University of London. He is a keen user of the STFC facilities, including lasers for science (optical trapping of atmospheric aerosol and cloud droplets), ISIS pulsed neutron Source, Diamond Light Source and the ILL (oxidising organic thin films at interfaces). His research interests focus on the perturbation of atmospheric aerosol to cause changes in atmospheric light scattering and cloud formation and the effect on modern climate change. Martin has also been involved in research with others: in the oxidation of lung lining by common air pollutants, vicarious calibration of earth observing satellites using Polar snowpacks and sandy deserts, the effect of photochemistry in snowpacks on ice-core climate records and has built a sea ice facility for studying the interaction between light and sea-ice fabric. His research involves experimentation, numerical modelling and fieldwork.

He has a BA and D.Phil in Physical Chemistry from the University of Oxford, has undertaken a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the International Arctic Research Centre at the Geophysical institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and has held lectureships at the universities of Edinburgh (Chemistry), King’s College London (Chemistry) and Royal Holloway University of London (Earth Sciences).

Martin has previously served as Chairs of the Life Science and Soft Matter Advisory Panel, and the RSC’s largest special interest group, the Environment Chemistry Group. Martin is also a long-standing member of the of the NERC peer review college.

Last updated: 11 October 2019

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