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About John Plane's Group

Prof. John Plane's group is based at the University of Leeds in the School of Chemistry. We show varied research interests with a common aim of understanding the chemistry of planetary atmospheres. Our research span the three branches of atmospheric chemistry: laboratory studies (kinetics and photochemistry), atmospheric measurements (in situ and remote sensing), and modelling. We have led and collaborated in a large number of laboratory, field and modelling UK and international research projects addressing a wide variety of atmospheric chemistry topics ranging from the troposphere to the mesosphere.

As of April 2020, Prof. John Plane has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society , a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. There are approximately 1,700 Fellows and Foreign Members, including 75 Nobel Laureates. John represents one of the 52 fellows elected to the group this year out of ~800 candidates proposed to the Fellowship. Notable names in the fellowship include Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Alan Turing, Elizabeth Blackburn and Stephen Hawking.