Development of optical and mass spectrometric methods for isotopic analysis in environmental research

The intensive development of industry, agriculture, and transportation cause many issues related to the negative impact on the environment and human health. Harmful products of human technogenic activity accumulate in the environment. Due to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, etc.), the effects of global warming are already being observed. Research that addresses the challenges of climate change mitigation and creates science-based assumptions for new environmental monitoring systems and technologies is becoming more and more relevant.
Carbon is a very important element of the natural cycle, whose isotope ratios reflect the influence of anthropogenic activity on environmental processes. Isotopic ratios are used as a marker to assess the nature of environmental pollution, distinguishing the contribution of fossil fuel and biomass combustion to the overall greenhouse gas balance. During the PhD studies, the environmental effects of greenhouse gases will be analyzed in depth and research method will be developed to study carbon isotope ratios and concentrations of micro-impurities in the atmosphere.
For more information, please contact the theme supervisor Ž. Ežerinskis.