Lee, Prof James

Research Scientist / Instrument PI


University of York

Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory

Department of Chemistry

University of York



YO10 5DD

+44 190 432 2575  

I am an atmospheric chemist working in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York. I did my undergraduate degree and Phd in Chemistry at the University of Leeds, researching free radical chemistry in the atmosphere. Following a short post-doc on this at Leeds I moved to NCAS at the University of York as a research fellow specialising in oxidation chemistry in the atmosphere and measurements of air pollutants. Recently I have led the development of techniques to directly measure the emissions of air pollutants in order to validate national and international emission estimates. I have led work on measuring NOx and CO emissions in London, Beijing and Delhi. I have 15 years of experience in coordinating large measurement intensive field campaigns, both ground and aircraft based and I have and have led projects in Borneo, Canada, Uganda, Zambia and Cape Verde. I coordinate the NOx measurements at the Cape Verde Observatory and represents the UK on European and WMO expert groups on the subject. I leads the aircraft measurements on the NERC LTS-M ACSIS (North Atlantic Climate System Integrated Study) project. My most recent work has been on the effect of the COVID19 lockdowns on air pollution in the UK. 

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