Alastair Lewis was appointed as professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of York in 2006 and is currently Science Director (Chemistry) at the NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science.
He completed a PhD at the University of Leeds using hyphenated chromatographic techniques for the analysis of urban and combustion particles, working subsequently on the development and application of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques for the measurement of organic compounds in the environment. He has participated in > 30 major atmospheric science field projects, from polar regions to tropical oceans, city centres to remote forests.
Between 2008 and 2013 he worked for NERC as an advisor on environmental technology. His awards for research include the 2012 John Jeyes prize for Environment, Energy and Sustainability, the 2007 Royal Society of Chemistry SAC Silver Medal and a 2004 Philip Leverhulme prize.