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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Luke Surl

Dr Luke Surl

Lecturer in Chemistry (Education & Scholarship)


 Geoffrey Pope 419


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK


I am an Education and Scholarship lecturer, teaching across different fields of chemistry to support the Biosciences curriculum. I am interested in how science education can be continually improved and developed. My scientific specialism is in the chemistry of the environment, particularly the atmosphere.


PhD, Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, 2016

BA and MSci, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2009


2009 – 2011 WCA Environment Ltd., Faringdon, Oxfordshire : Environmental Consultant

2011 – 2015, School of Environmetal Sciences, University of East Anglia : PhD

2015 – 2018, Department of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh : Post-Doctoral Research Associate

2019 – 2021, Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS), Paris & Le Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace (LPC2E), Orléans, France : Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow

2021 – 2022, Department of Chemistry, University of Aberdeen : Teaching Fellow

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Research interests

Environmental Chemistry

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Journal articles

Narivelo H, Hamer PD, Marécal V, Surl L, Roberts T, Pelletier S, Josse B, Guth J, Bacles M, Warnach S, et al (2023). A regional modelling study of halogen chemistry within a volcanic plume of Mt Etna's Christmas 2018 eruption. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 23(18), 10533-10561. Abstract.
Marecal V, Voisin-Plessis R, Roberts TJ, Aiuppa A, Narivelo H, Hamer PD, Josse B, Guth J, Surl L, Grellier L, et al (2023). Halogen chemistry in volcanic plumes: a 1D framework based on MOCAGE 1D (version R1.18.1) preparing 3D global chemistry modelling. GEOSCIENTIFIC MODEL DEVELOPMENT, 16(10), 2873-2898.  Author URL.
Surl L, Roberts T, Bekki S (2021). Observation and modelling of ozone-destructive halogen chemistry in a passively degassing volcanic plume. ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, 21(16), 12413-12441.  Author URL.
Surl L, Palmer PI, Abad GG (2018). Which processes drive observed variations of HCHO columns over India?. ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, 18(7), 4549-4566.  Author URL.
Surl L, Donohoue D, Aiuppa A, Bobrowski N, von Glasow R (2015). Quantification of the depletion of ozone in the plume of Mount Etna. ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, 15(5), 2613-2628.  Author URL.

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