Recent NERC funded collaboration between OCTOPUS and ISIS
10 Jul 2020



Quantifying the light scattering behaviour and oxidation rate of atmospheric aerosol




​Recently funded NERC project between Octopus and ISIS department focuses on studying how the thin films commonly found on atmospheric aerosols can impact global warming and cloud formation.​ This important research will help to understand the reaction chemistry of these organic films and it involves using the data in a Met Office climate model. 

Study requires STFC techniques of ISIS neutron scattering reflectivity and CLF laser trapping spectroscopy.

Courtesy Forest Research

The sampling tower at Alice Holt forest. Natural organic aerosol is collected from above the tree canopy to allow thin film studies in the STFC laboratories. 

A micron–sized aerosol droplet (white dot on picture below) levitated using lasers at the CLF Octopus Facility. 


Courtesy of Forest Research                        

If you would like more information please contact Dr Andy Ward.

Project Partners:


Contact: Szynkiewicz, Marta (STFC,RAL,CLF)