Academic Staff

Professor Ian Colbeck Postgraduate Taught Director, Course Director MSc Environment and Resource Management

Position in departmentMember of Environmental and Plant Bioscience Research Group (Ecology and Biogeochemistry)
Telephone01206 872203
Current research

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:

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 Wael Obaid
  • Nanoparticles and their impact on the bioremediation of crude oil hydrocarbons in aquatic systems
  • Uptake and toxicity of nanoparticles by to plants Wael Obaid 

Environment – society interactions

This is a developing research area and considers not only historical analysis of air pollution 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 Adekunle Dosumu

Research interests

Research covers a wide spectrum from nanoparticle production on the one hand though to health impacts at the other extreme.

  •  physico-chemical properties of aerosols
  •  indoor air quality and health impacts of aerosols
  •  nanoparticles in the environment
  •  environment - society interactions

I also have an interest in the historical aspects of air pollution and aerosol science. Follow research details for more information on these topics.

Consultancy is provided on all aspects of aerosol science, bioaerosol analysis and air pollution monitoring.

PublicationsLink to publications for Ian Colbeck
Additional information
  • Head of Department, Sept 2001 to July 2004.
  • University Appeals Officer
  • President of the UK Aerosol Society (1998-2001) and a member of the European Aerosol Assembly.
  • Vice President of the UK Aerosol Society 
  • Member of the Essex Air Quality Consortium

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