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Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Birmingham

Francis is a Professor of Atmospheric Science. He trained as a physical chemist and he uses this fundamental knowledge to develop novel instrumentation and probe systems of interest.

He is involved with ‘Hazard Identification Platform to Assess the Health Impacts from Indoor and Outdoor Air Pollutant Exposures, through Mechanistic Toxicology’ grant funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, NE/W002035/1) that will use an atmospheric simulation chamber at the University of Manchester to conduct experiments exposing human volunteers to different air pollutant mixtures. The study will provide insight into the most toxic common pollutants and advance our understanding of the link between air quality and dementia incidence. For further information, contact

Francis has active research projects in the broad areas of air pollution, climate change, fundamental aerosol chemistry and microphysics, and city resilience. He leads the ‘A Systems Approach to Air Pollution (ASAP) East Africa’, which is taking a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling air pollution in the study cities of Nairobi, Kampala, and Addis Ababa.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Birmingham