Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry

The Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry (LUC) focuses on fundamental research and education for assessing the impact of human activities and natural processes on human health, environment and climate.
The surface chemistry research group investigates multi-phase chemical processes relevant for atmospheric chemistry and the analytical chemistry research group reconstructs environmental and climatic conditions from high-altitude glaciers.

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LUC Highlight, 26 September 2017

26 September 2017

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Atmosphere in X-ray light

PSI researchers have developed an experimental chamber in which they can recreate atmospheric processes and probe them with unprecedented precision, using X-ray light from the Swiss Light Source SLS. In the initial experiments, they have studied the production of bromine, which plays an essential role in the decomposition of ozone in the lower layers of the atmosphere. In the future, the new experiment chamber will also be available for use by researchers from other scientific fields.
Contact: Markus Ammann

The Latest Publications

  • No coincident nitrate enhancement events in polar ice cores following the largest known solar storms F Mekhaldi, JR McConnell, F Adolphi, MM Arienzo, NJ Chellman, OJ Maselli, AD Moy, CT Plummer, M Sigl and R Muscheler
    Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 122, 11,900-911,913 (2017).
    DOI: 10.1002/2017JD027325
  • Volcanic suppression of Nile summer flooding triggers revolt and constrains interstate conflict in ancient Egypt JG Manning, F Ludlow, AR Stine, WR Boos, M Sigl and JR Marlon
    Nature Communications 8, 900 (2017).
    DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00957-y
  • A 320 year ice-core record of atmospheric Hg pollution in the Altai, Central Asia S Eyrikh, A Eichler, L Tobler, N Malygina, T Papina and M Schwikowski
    Environmental Science and Technology (2017).
    DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03140

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