Joe Acton

Senior Research Associate

Research Overview

My research focuses on the measurement of anthropogenic and biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) using proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). Working within the Sources and Emissions of Air Pollutants in Beijing (AIRPOLL-Beijing) project I aim to record VOC concentrations and fluxes during periods of high pollution and to identify their sources.

My other research interests include the impact of science on policy. Working within the Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Oil palm Research (SEnSOR) programme I have prepared science for policy reports on soil erosion within oil palm plantations and the impact of palm oil production on greenhouse-gas and VOC emissions.

Canopy-scale flux measurements and bottom-up emission estimates of volatile organic compounds from a mixed oak and hornbeam forest in northern Italy
Acton, J., Schallhart, S., Langford, B., Valach, A., Rantala, P., Fares, S., Carriero, G., Tillmann, R., Tomlinson, S.J., Dragosits, U., Gianelle, D., Hewitt, C.N.P., Nemitz, E. 10/06/2016 In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics . 16, p. 7149-7170. 22 p.
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Canopy-scale flux measurements and bottom-up emission estimates of volatile organic compounds from a mixed oak and hornbeam forest in northern Italy
Acton, W.J.F., Schallhart, S., Langford, B., Valach, A., Rantala, P., Fares, S., Carriero, G., Tillmann, R., Tomlinson, S.J., Dragosits, U., Gianelle, D., Hewitt, C.N., Nemitz, E. 27/10/2015 In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. 15, p. 29213-29264. 52 p.
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Eddy-covariance data with low signal-to-noise ratio: time-lag determination, uncertainties and limit of detection
Langford, B., Acton, J., Ammann, C., Valach, A., Nemitz, E. 12/10/2015 In: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 8, p. 4197-4213. 17 p.
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Selective reagent ionisation-time of flight-mass spectrometry: a rapid technology for the novel analysis of blends of new psychoactive substances
Lanza, M., Acton, J., Sulzer, P., Breiev, K., Jürschik, S., Jordan, A., Hartungen, E., Hanel, G., Märk, L., Märk, T., Mayhew, C.A. 2/02/2015 In: Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 50, 2, p. 427-431. 5 p.
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The application of novel mass spectrometric techniques for the analysis of volatile organic compounds in different environments
Acton, J. 2015 Lancaster University. 281 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Headspace analysis of new psychoactive substances using a Selective Reagent Ionisation-Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometer
Acton, J., Lanza, M., Agarwal, B., Jürschik, S., Sulzer, P., Breiev, K., Jordan, A., Hartungen, E., Hanel, G., Märk, L., Mayhew, C.A., Märk, T.D. 1/03/2014 In: International Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 360, p. 28-38. 11 p.
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Distinguishing two isomeric mephedrone substitutes with selective reagent ionisation mass spectrometry (SRI-MS).
Lanza, M., Acton, J., Jürschik, S., Sulzer, P., Breiev, K., Jordan, A., Hartungen, E., Hanel, G., Märk, L., Mayhew, C.A., Märk, T.D. 09/2013 In: Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 48, 9, p. 1015-1018. 4 p.
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