Joe Acton

Senior Research Associate in Palm Oil Sustainability, PhD student

Research Overview

Currently my research focuses on soil erosion within oil palm plantations and the impact of palm oil production on greenhouse gas and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. This research is carried out within the Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Oil palm Research (SEnSOR) programme.

My other research interests include the measurement of biogenic VOC fluxes using proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS), the effects of atmospheric pollution on plant VOC emission and signalling, and the development of new techniques to improve analyte identification using PTR-MS.

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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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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