Atmospheric chemistry

Atmospheric chemistry is the study of the components of planetary atmospheres, particularly that of the Earth. It specifically looks at the composition of planetary atmospheres and the reactions and interactions that drive these dynamic and diverse systems. The topic encompasses lab-based studies, field measurements and also their modelling.

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  • News & Views |

    Atmospheric chemists have been unable to explain the rapid sulfate formation observed during wintertime aerosol pollution events. Now, kinetic measurements in atmospherically relevant aerosol particles have highlighted a significant role for nitrogen dioxide in sulfate formation via its interfacial reaction with dissolved SO2.

    • Jian Zhen Yu
    Nature Chemistry 13, 1158-1160
  • Comments & Opinion
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    Greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution have changed the composition of the atmosphere, and thereby initiated global warming and reduced air quality. Our editorial board members note the need for a deeper understanding of atmospheric fluxes and processes to tackle climate and human health issues.

    • Joshua Dean
    • , Astrid Kiendler-Scharr
    •  & Ralf Zimmermann
  • Editorial |

    After years of relative neglect, Venus is enjoying renewed interest, with several missions bound to reach it in the next decade. Many questions about its nature still need to be answered, including regarding the highly debated presence of phosphine.

  • Comments & Opinion |

    Krystal Vasquez, PhD student at Caltech, talks to Nature Chemistry about her experiences as an atmospheric researcher — both in the lab with her favourite instruments and in the scientific community as a disabled scientist — as well as her love for science writing.

    • Anne Pichon
    Nature Chemistry 13, 509-510