Physico-chemical properties of aerosols
The role played by airborne particles in atmospheric processes, aerosol optical properties and, in particular their involvement in global warming, environmental impact of oil fires, urban air quality, air quality management.
Indoor air quality and health impacts of aerosols
Many air pollutants which are considered important in ambient air are also found, often at higher concentrations, in indoor air. Since a greater proportion of time is spend indoors than outdoors people are far more exposed to pollution indoors than outdoors. The following research is currently underway or has just been completed:
- Characterisation of indoor/outdoor pollution.
- Bioaerosols in indoor environments
- Determination of indoor air quality in Pakistan
Nanoparticles in the environment
Nanotechnology is a rapidly expanding industry and it is inevitable that engineered nanoparticles will enter the environment either through the air, soil or water. However ittle is currently known about their toxicity, fate or behaviour in the environment.
- Impact of nanoparticles on the environment
- Nanoparticles and their impact on the bioremediation of crude oil hydrocarbons in aquatic systems
- Uptake and toxicity of nanoparticles by to plants
Environment – society interactions
This is a developing research area and considers not only historical analysis of air pollution and aerosol science and its impact of environmental perception but also the impact of current levels of air pollution on society. The following research is currently underway or has just been completed:
- Air pollution and social deprivation
- Air pollution and the press in 19th century Britain
- Impact of sport on the environment
- Environmental governance