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Maximilien Desservettaz

Maximilien Desservettaz

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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Atmospheric Sciences m.desservettaz@cyi.ac.cy +357 22 397 542

Dr Maximilien Desservettaz is a postdoctoral research fellow in atmospheric science at the Cyprus Institute since January 2022, after having worked as a technical research expert since joining the institute in October 2019. He received his PhD in atmospheric chemistry from the University of Wollongong, Australia, his BSc and MChem in chemistry from the University of Leeds, UK, and his DUT in chemistry from the University of Rouen, France. His PhD thesis focused on improving emission estimates of Australian forest and savanna fires.

Prior to joining the institute, Max finished a short-term postdoc at the University of Wollongong, studying the relative impacts from hazard reduction burns and indoor wood heating on Sydney’s air quality. At the same time, he also worked as a research assistant at Australia’s Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation for two years. His work has spanned from Southern Ocean and Antarctic atmospheric composition, to mitigation strategies to reduce agriculture emissions, to impact from the use of hydraulic fracturing coal seam gas extraction on air quality and to collaboration with the Australian defence on better characterizing optical properties over the ocean for the development of new periscope technologies.

His current research focuses on volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emissions and chemistry in the urban environment using state-of-the-art PTR-ToF-MS technology. He is also involved in a number of research projects in partnership with the Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory.