Professor Roy Harrison OBE OBE

Professor Roy Harrison OBE

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health

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School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Division of Environmental Health & Risk Management
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Roy Harrison’s research interests lie in the field of environment and human health. His main specialism is in air pollution, from emissions through atmospheric chemical and physical transformations to exposure and effects on human health. Much of this work is designed to inform the development of policy.


B.Sc. (Class I Honours Chemistry), University of Birmingham (July 1969)

Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry), University of Birmingham (December 1972)

D.Sc. (Environmental Chemistry), University of Birmingham (1989)


  • Head, Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management (from 1999 - ) (from 1999 - )
  • Part-time Strategic Theme Leader for Natural Environment Research Council on Environment, Pollution & Human Health (2007 - 2012)
  • Distinguished Adjunct Professor, King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (since 2011)
  • Member, Court of the University of Birmingham

Roy Harrison started his academic career as a chemist, gaining both BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Birmingham. He then undertook postdoctoral work at Imperial College in the Department of Civil Engineering working on air pollution by heavy metals. Subsequently he took up a lectureship in atmospheric chemistry at Lancaster University where his work focused on particulate air pollutants and photo oxidants. In 1984 he moved to the University of Essex as Reader and Director of the Institute of Aerosol Science, pursuing both laboratory-based research on the physical properties of combustion aerosols and largely field-based work in the chemistry of airborne particulate matter. In 1989 he was awarded the degree of DSc in Environmental Chemistry of the University of Birmingham.

He moved to the University of Birmingham in 1991 to take up the newly created post of Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health, becoming Director of the Institute of Public and Environmental Health in 1994, and in 1999 Head of the Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management. He has played an active role outside the University as Chairman of the Quality of Urban Air Review Group for the Department of Environment and the Airborne Particles Expert Group for the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions and was subsequently a member of Defra’s Science Advisory Council). He has been a member of the DETR (now DEFRA) Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (now the COMEAP Sub-Committee on Standards) since 1991 and is currently Deputy Chairman.  He is a  member of the Department of Health Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, the DEFRA Air Quality Expert Group and the Department of Health Committee on Toxicity. He has also served on numerous other committees including the Natural Environment Research Council’s Atmospheric Science and Technology Board, the HEFCE RAE 2001 Earth & Environmental Sciences Panel and RAE 2008 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences Panel, the Medical Research Council Advisory Board, NERC Peer Review College and the Natural Environment Research Council'sScience & Innovation Strategy Board.  He was appointed a Part-time Strategic Theme Leader for Environment, Pollution & Human Health, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) from 2007 to 2012.  He is a member of the Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences Panel for REF 2014.

Roy Harrison is listed by ISI Thomson Scientific (on ISI Web of Knowledge) as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Environmental Science/Ecology category. He has an h-index of 59 (December 2013);  total citations exceed 14,000.  In 2004 he was appointed OBE for services to environmental science in the New Year Honours List.  He was profiled by the Journal of Environmental Monitoring (Vol 5, pp 39N-41N, 2003).

National Centre for Atmospheric Science: Roy Harrison leads the Birmingham node of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science. This is funded by NERC as part of the Directorate for Atmospheric Composition of the distributed Centre.

Postgraduate supervision

Research Students since 2001

Eunhwa Jang - Source apportionment and reactivity of PAH

Zhe Tian - Source apportionment of airborne particulate matter associated with haze in megacities in China

Paul Sanderson – Ambient characterisation of nanoparticle exposures

Lami Karimatu Abdullahi – Measurement and modelling of exposure to air toxics and verification by biomarker

Adewale Taiwo – Source apportionment of air pollution

Jon Dredge – Aerosol contributions to speleothem chemistry

Ian Keyte – Sources and properties of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the UK atmosphere

Barbara Macias Hernandez – Personal exposure to toxic substances

Massimiliano Mascelloni – In quest of new fingerprints of exposure to VOC from consumer products

Pallavi Pant – Source apportionment of airborne particulate matter in India

Suad Al Kindi - Artificial chemical aging of atmospheric particles

Krystal Godri - Chemical composition and toxicity of airborne particulate matter (joint project with Kings College, London)

Bunthoon Laongsri - Measurement and source apportionment of airborne particulate matter

Asma Zakaria – Congenital malformation in relation to air quality in Malaysia 

Lihua Wilson Hu – Biomass burning contribution to airborne particle concentrations

Sai Ho David Ho - Pollution of outdoor and indoor environments by volatile organic compounds

Wing Yip Lee – Application of mass spectrometry to air pollutant characterisation

Anna Lia Presicci – Evolution of particle size distributions in urban air

Salah Saeed Abdalmogith - Processes affecting secondary aerosol in the atmosphere

Manuel Dall’Osto - Studies of atmospheric aerosol by single particle mass spectrometry 

Alexia Economopoulou – Development of graphical models of abatement devices for use in constructing emissions inventories 

Siwat Pongpiajun - Sources and atmospheric chemistry of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons 

Noel Aquilina - Measurement and modelling of exposure to air toxics and verification by biomarker 

Wayne Smith – High time resolution chemical fingerprinting of particulate emissions from the steel industry 

Alistair Thorpe – The coarse fraction of airborne particles 

Aftab Alam - Formation and processes affecting particles in the atmosphere 

Sarah Baggott - Numerical modelling of atmospheric chemistry in the West Midlands 

Doug Evans - The generation of model aerosols for human exposure studies

Ben Marner - Atmospheric nitrogen deposition to a nitrate vulnerable zone 

Jianxin Yin - Monitoring of airborne particulate mass and number concentrations in the UK atmosphere 

Bendita Lachmansingh - An investigation of the health impacts of air pollution upon vulnerable population subgroups

Rob Tilling - Source-receptor modelling of particulate matter in the urban atmosphere


Current and completed projects

  • Artificial chemical ageing of ambient atmospheric aerosol
  • Novel compact after treatment systems for simultaneous reduction of diesel engine NOx, PM, CO and HC emissions
  • Use of chemical composition and molecular markers to infer the sources of airborne particulate matter
  • Health implications of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in indoor environment
  • Sources and atmospheric processes determining airborne concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their degradation products
  • Diesel particulate filter regeneration with on-board produced hydrogen-rich gas
  • Risks of Airborne ParTiclES (RAPTES)
  • Links between urban and ambient particulate matter and health-particle metrics
  • Determinants of oxidative potential, a health-based metric to assess particulate matter toxicity
  • Understanding the fate of traffic-generated particles
  • The formation and characterisation of secondary organic aerosol
  • European Supersites for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (EUSAAR)
  • European Integrated Project on Aerosol Cloud Climate and Air Quality (EUCAARI)
  • Airborne particle concentrations and numbers in the United Kingdom
  • Characterisation of emission and impact of ultrafine particulate matter
  • Measurement and modelling of exposure to air toxics and verification by biomarker
  • Network on nanoparticles at the science and engineering/medicine interface
  • High time-resolution chemical fingerprinting of particulate emissions from the steel industry
  • Design, implementation, synthesis and interpretation of the field measurements in funded UK field programmes
  • A novel instrument to measure molecular clusters and newly nucleated particles in the atmosphere
  • Relationship of ultrafine and fine particles in indoor and outdoor respiratory health (RUPIOH)
  • Nature and origin of PM10 and smaller particulate matter in the urban air
  • Processes affecting the size distribution of fine particles in diesel exhaust and ambient air
  • Processes responsible for the formation of new particles within the atmosphere
  • Studies of the atmospheric bio-aerosol
  • Development of air quality management models for the West Midlands and South-East England
  • Improved parameterisation of atmospheric chemistry in numerical models
  • Oxidant and particle chemistry in the marine atmosphere
  • Source apportionment of airborne particulate matter
  • Temporal trends in lead exposure and population blood leads
  • Processes affecting fine and ultrafine particles in the urban atmosphere
  • Personal exposure to airborne particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and nitrogen dioxide
  • Indoor-outdoor relationships of particulate air pollutants and VOC
  • Epidemiological studies of the effects of particulate matter on human health
  • Clinical studies of the effects of particulate matter and sulphur dioxide on human health
  • The effect of airports on respiratory health in the general population
  • The atmospheric chemistry of nitrogen compounds
  • Composition, sources and properties of the organic component of urban airborne particulate matter
  • Source apportionment of urban airborne PAH
  • Processes influencing contrail formation in jet engine exhaust
  • Application of single particle mass spectrometry to atmospheric aerosol characterisation

Much of this research is collaborative with Dr Stuart Harrad, Dr Bill Bloss, Professor Rob MacKenzie, Dr Xiaoming Cai and Professor Jamie Lead. Together, the activity comprises probably the largest University-based air pollution research group in the UK and one of the largest in Europe. We also collaborate extensively with other research groups from the UK and mainland Europe. Specific recent collaborations include the following:

RAPTES - Risks of Airborne ParTiclES: National Institute for Public Health, Environment (RIVM), Netherlands, Utrecht University, Kings College (London), University of Birmingham

RUPIOH – Universities of Utrecht, Helsinki, Birmingham, Athens, Finnish Meteorological Institute & Institute of Public Health, ECN (Netherlands) and National Observatory of Athens.

Health Effects Research – University of Aberdeen, St. George’s Hospital Medical School and University of Birmingham (School of Medicine).

EUSAAR (European Supersites for Atmospheric Aerosol Research) - CNRS, Paul Scherrer Institut, University of Stockholm, JRC-Commission of the European Community, TNO-Netherlands, Leibniz Institut für Troposphärenforschung e.V., NILU-Norway, ISAC-CNR-Italy, University of Helsinki, National University of Ireland-Galway, University of Crete, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Pannon University-Hungary, Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals AS CR-Czech Republic, University of Heidelberg, Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics-Lithuania, Lunds Universitet, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas-Spain, Hoffmann Messtechnik GmbH

EUCAARI - Universities of Helsinki, Leeds, Lund, Veszprém, Oslo, Copenhagen, East Anglia, Copenhagen, Kuopio, Manchester, Sao Paolo-Brazil, Crete, Stockholm, Warsaw, Aveiro, Tarto, Mainz, Peking, Aegean, North-West University-South Africa, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, National University of Ireland-Galway, The French National Center for Scientific Research, Max Planck Institute (Meteorology & Chemistry), Institute for Tropospheric Research, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, Netherlands Royal Meteorological Institute, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Joint Research Centre of the EU Commission, UK Met Office, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Paul Scherrer Institute, Institute of Chemical Engineering in Patras, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, French Meteorological Service, Research Centre Jülich, The Energy and Resources Institute-India, Airel AS (Ltd),  German Aerospace Center, The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Chinese Academic of Meteorological Sciences, Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences, Risø National Laboratory, German Weather Service.

SAPUSS - IDAEA-CSIC, Spain, University of Birmingham, UK, National University of Ireland Galway, Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry, USA, University College Cork, Ireland, National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy, University of Florence, Italy, University of Colorado, USA, CIEMAT, Spain, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland, Jenoptik, Defense & Civil Systems, Germany, Wehrwissenschaftliches Institut für Schutztechnologien, Germany, Area de Medi Ambient, Spain, Universidad de Murcia, Spain, Carleton College, USA, Gencat, Direcció General de Qualitat Ambiental, Spain.

ClearfLo - University of Reading, Reading, Center for Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry Aerodyne Research, USA, Center for Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry Aerodyne Research, USA, University of Hertfordshire, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology,University of Washington, Seattle, USA, University of York, University of Leicester, University of Birmingham, Paul Scherrer Institut, University, Lancaster, King's College, London, University of Manchester, Institute of Technology, USA, University of Edinburgh, University of Leeds.

Professor Harrison has been involved in a number of research projects (PDF 14KB)


Recent publications

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

Sensitivity of a Chemical Mass Balance Model to Different Molecular Marker Traffic Source Profiles, P. Pant, J. Yin and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 82, 238-249 (2014).

Chemical Reactivity and Long-Range Transport Potential of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons - A Review, I.J. Keyte, R.M. Harrison and G. Lammel, Chem. Soc. Rev., 42, 9333-9391 (2013).

An Evaluation of Some Issues Regarding the Use of Aethalometers to Measure Woodsmoke Concentrations, R.M. Harrison, D.C.S. Beddows, A.M. Jones, A. Calvo, C. Alves and C. Pio, Atmos. Environ., 80, 540-548 (2013).

 Presenting SAPUSS: Solving Aerosol Problem by using Synergistic Strategies at Barcelona, Spain, M. Dall’Osto, X. Querol, A. Alastuey, M.C. Minguillon, M. Alier, F. Amato, M. Brines, M. Cusack, J.O. Grimalt, A. Karanasiou, T. Moreno, M. Pandolfi , J. Pey, C. Reche, A. Ripoll, R. Tauler, B.L. Van Drooge, M. Viana , R.M. Harrison, J. Gietl, D. Beddows, W. Bloss, C. O’Dowd, D. Ceburnis , G. Martucci, N.L. Ng, D. Worsnop, J. Wenger, E. McGillicuddy, J. Sodeau , R. Healy, F. Lucarelli, S. Nava, J.L. Jimenez, F. Gomez Moreno, B. Artinano , A.S.H. Prevot, L. Pfaffenberger, S. Frey, F. Wilsenack, D. Casabona , P. Jiménez-Guerrero, D. Gross and N. Cots, Atmos. Chem.  Phys., 13, 8991-9019 (2013).

 Light-Absorbing Carbon in Europe – Measurement and Modelling, with a focus on Residential Wood Combustion Emissions, J. Genberg, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, D. Simpson, E. Swietlicki, H. Areskoug, D. Beddows, D. Ceburnis, M. Fiebig, H.C. Hansson, R.M. Harrison, S.G. Jennings, S. Saarikoski, G. Spindler, A.J.H. Visschedijk, A. Wiedensohler, K.E. Yttri and R. Bergström, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 8719-8738 (2013).

Source Apportionment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Urban Air Using Positive Matrix Factorization and Spatial Distribution Analysis, E. Jang, M.S. Alam and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 79, 271-285 (2013).

Analysis of Atmospheric Concentrations of Quinones and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Vapour and Particulate Phases, J. M. Delgado-Saborit, M.S. Alam, K.J. Godri, C. Stark and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 77, 974-982 (2013).

Composition of PM Affects Acute Vascular Inflammatory and Coagulative Markers - The RAPTES Project, M. Strak, G. Hoek, K.J. Godri, I. Gosens, I.S. Mudway, R. van Oerle, H.M.H. Spronk, F.R. Cassee, E. Lebret, F.J. Kelly, R.M. Harrison, B. Brunekreef, M. Steenhof and N.A.H. Janssen, PloS One, 8, e58944 (2013).

Estimation of the Contribution of Road Traffic Emissions to Particulate Matter Concentrationsfrom Field Measurements: A Review, P. Pant and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 77, 78-97 (2013).

Using Atmospheric Measurements of PAH and Quinone Compounds at Roadside and Urban Background Sites to Assess Sources and Reactivity, M.S. Alam, J.M. Delgado-Saborit, C. Stark and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 77, 24-35 (2013).

Bulk Deposition Close to a Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator: One Source Among Many,E. Venturini, I. Vassura, L. Ferroni, S. Raffo, F. Passarini, D.C.S.Beddowsand R.M. Harrison, Sci. Tot. Environ., 456-457, 392-403 (2013).

Acute Nasal Pro-Inflammatory Response to Air Pollution Depends on Characteristics other than Particle Mass Concentration or Oxidative Potential: the RAPTES Project, M. Steenhof, I.S. Mudway, I.  Gosens, G. Hoek, K. J. Godri, F.J. Kelly, R.M. Harrison, R.H.H. Pieters, F.R. Cassee, Erik Lebret, B. Brunekreef, M. Strak, N.A.H. Janssen, Occup. Environ. Med., 70, 341-348 (2013).

Components of Ambient Air Pollution Affect Thrombin Generation in Healthy Humans:  the RAPTES Project, M. Strak, G. Hoek, M. Steenhof, E. Kilinc, K.J. Godri, I. Gosens, I.S. Mudway, R. van Oerle, H.M.H. Spronk, F.R. Cassee, F.J. Kelly, R.M. Harrison, B. Brunekreef, E. Lebret and N.A.H. Janssen, Occup. Environ. Med., 70, 332-340 (2013).

Atmospheric Behaviour of Particulate Oxalate at UK Urban Background and Rural Sites, B. Laongsri and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 71, 319-326 (2013).

Emissions and Indoor Concentrations of Particulate Matter and its Specific Chemical Components from Cooking:  A Review, K.L. Abdullahi, J.M. Delgado-Saborit and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 71, 260-294 (2013).

Quantitative Determination of Regional Contributions to Fine and Coarse Particle Mass in Urban Receptor Sites, I.G. Kavouras, M. Lianou, M.-C. Chalbot, I.C. Vei, A. Kotronarou, G. Hoek, K. Hameri and R.M. Harrison, Environ. Pollut., 176, 1-9 (2013).

Receptor Modelling of Secondary and Carbonaceous Particulate Matter at a Southern UK Site, A. Charron, C. Degrendele, B. Laongsri and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 1879-1894 (2013).

The Policy Relevance of Wear Emissions from Road Transport, Now and in the Future – An International Workshop Report and Consensus Statement, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, M.E. Gerlofs-Nijland, R. Gehrig, M. Gustafsson , N. Janssen, R.M. Harrison, J. Hulskotte, C. Johansson, M. Jozwicka , M. Keuken, K. Krijgsheld, L. Ntziachristos, M. Riediker and F.R. Cassee, J. Air & Waste Manage. Assoc., 63, 136-149 (2013).

Cave Aerosols: Distribution and Contribution to Speleothem Geochemistry, J. Dredge, I.J. Fairchild, R.M. Harrison, Á. Fernandez-Cortez, S. Sánchez-Moral, V. Jurado, J. Gunn, A. Smith, C. Spötl, D. Mattey, P.M. Wynn and N. Grassineau, Quaternary Sci. Rev., 23-41 (2013).

On the Spatial Distribution and Evolution of Ultrafine Particles in Barcelona, M. Dall’Osto, X. Querol, A. Alastuey, C. O’Dowd, R.M. Harrison, J. Wenger and F.J. Gómez Moreno, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 741-759 (2013).

The Effect of Varying  Primary Emissions on the Concentrations of Inorganic Aerosols Predicted by the Enhanced UK Photochemical Trajectory Model, R.M. Harrison, A.M. Jones, D. Beddows and R.G. Derwent, Atmos. Environ., 69, 211-218 (2013).

Nanoparticle Emissions from 11 Non-Vehicle Outdoor Sources – A Review, P. Kumar, L. Pirjola, M. Ketzel and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 67, 252-277 (2013).

Application of 2D-GCMS Reveals Many Industrial Chemicals in Airborne Particulate Matter, M.S. Alam, C.E. West, A.G. Scarlett, S.J. Rowland and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 65, 101-111 (2013).

Particulate Matter Air Pollution and Respiratory Symptoms in Individuals having either Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease:  A European Multicentre Panel Study, A. Karakatsani, A. Analitis, D. Perifanou, J.G. Ayres , R.M. Harrison, A. Kotronarou, I.G. Kavouras, J. Pekkanen, K. Hämeri, G.P.A. Kos, J.J de Hartog, G. Hoek, K. Katsouyanni, J. Environ. Health, 11:75, doi: 10/1186/1476-069x-11-75 (2012). 

Urban Aerosol Size Distributions over the Mediterranean City of Barcelona, NE Spain, M. Dall’Osto, D.C.S. Beddows, J. Pey, S. Rodriguez, A. Alastuey, R.M. Harrison and X. Querol, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 10693-10707 (2012).

Governing Processes for Reactive Nitrogen Compounds in the Atmosphere, O. Hertel, C. A. Skjøth, S. Reis, A. Bleeker, R.M. Harrison, J. N. Cape, D. Fowler, U. Skiba, D. Simpson, T. Jickells, M. Kulmala, S. Gyldenkærne, L.L. Sørensen, J.W. Erisman and M.A. Sutton, Biogeosciences, 9, 4921-4954 (2012).

Comparison of Three Techniques for Analysis of Data from an Aerosol Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometer, C. Giorio, A. Tapparo, M. Dall’osto, R.M. Harrison, D.C.S. Beddows, C. de Marcoand E. Nemitz, Atmos. Environ., 61, 316-326 (2012).

Comparative Study of Single Particle Characterisation by Transmission Electron Microscopy and Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometry in the London Atmosphere, S. Smith, M. Ward, R. Lin, E. Brydson, M. Dall’Osto and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 62, 400-407 (2012).

Particles, Air Quality, Policy and Health, M.R. Heal, P. Kumar and R.M. Harrison, Chem. Soc. Rev., 41, 6606-6630 (2012).

Association between Exhaled Breath Condensate Nitrate + Nitrite Levels with Ambient Coarse Particle Exposure in Subjects with Airways Disease, S. Manney, C.M. Meddings, R.M. Harrison, A.H. Mansur, A. Karakatsani, A. Analitis, K. Katsouyanni, D. Perifanou, I.G. Kavouras, N. Kotronarou, J.J. de Hartog, J. Pekkanen, K. Hämeri, H. ten Brink, G. Hoek and J.G. Ayres, Occup. Environ. Med., 69, 663-669 (2012).

Metallic Nanoparticle Enrichment at Low Temperature, Shallow CO2 Seeps in Southern Italy, E. Kadar, A. Fisher, B. Stolpe, R.M. Harrison, F. Parello, J. Lead, Marine Chemistry, 140-141, 24-32 (2012).

Airborne Ultrafine Particle Dust from Building Activities – A Source in Need of Quantification, P. Kumar, M. Mulheron, B. Fisher and R.M. Harrison, New Directions, Atmos. Environ., 56, 262-264 (2012).

Comparison of Temporal Features of Sulphate and Nitrate at Urban and Rural Sites in Spain and the UK, M.A. Revuelta, R.M. Harrison, L. Nunez, F.J. Gomez-Moreno, M. Pujadas and B. Artinano, Atmos. Environ., 60, 383-391 (2012).

Estimation of the Contribution of Brake Dust, Tire Wear and Resuspension to Nonexhaust Traffic Particles Derived from Atmospheric Measurements, R.M. Harrison, A. Jones, J. Gietl, J. Yin and D. Green, Environ. Sci. Technol., 46, 6523-6529 (2012).

Enhancements to the UK Photochemical Trajectory Model for Simulation of Secondary Inorganic Aerosol, D.C.S. Beddows, G.D. Hayman, and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 57, 278-288 (2012).

Urban Organic Aerosols Measured by Single Particle Mass Spectrometry in the Megacity of London, M. Dall’Ostoand  R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 4127-4142 (2012).

Respiratory Health Effects of Airborne Particulate Matter: The Role of Particle Size, Composition and Oxidative Potential - The RAPTES Project, M. Strak, N.A.H. Janssen, K.J. Godri, I. Gosens, I.S. Mudway, F.R. Cassee, E. Lebret, F.J. Kelly, R.M. Harrison, B. Brunekreef, M. Steenhof , G. Hoek, Environ. Health Perspect., 120, 1183-1189 (2012).

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics in the Atmosphere of a Developed Megacity (London):  An Overview of the REPARTEE Experiment and its Conclusions, R.M. Harrison, M. Dall’Osto, D.C.S. Beddows, A.J. Thorpe, W.J. Bloss, J.D. Allan, H. Coe, J.R. Dorsey, M. Gallagher, C. Martin, J. Whitehead, P.I. Williams, R.L. Jones, J.M. Langridge, A.K. Benton, S.M. Ball, B. Langford, C.N. Hewitt, B. Davison, D. Martin, K. Petersson, S.J. Henshaw, I.R. White, D.E. Shallcross, J.F. Barlow, T. Dunbar, F. Davies, E. Nemitz, G.J. Phillips, C. Helfter, C.F. Di Marco and S. Smith, Atmos. Phys. Chem., 12, 3065-3114 (2012).

Mobility Particle Size Spectrometers: Harmonization of Technical Standards and Data Structure to Facilitate High Quality Long-Term Observations of Atmospheric Particle Number Size Distributions, A. Wiedensohler, W. Birmili, A. Nowak, A. Sonntag, K. Weinhold, M. Merkel, B.Wehner, T. Tuch, S. Pfeifer, M. Fiebig, A.M. Fjaraa, E. Asmi, K. Sellegri, R. Depuy, H. Venzac, P. Villani, P. Laj, P. Aalto, J. A. Ogren, E. Swietlicki, P. Williams, P. Roldin, P. Quincey, C. Huglin, R. Fierz-Schmidhauser, M. Gysel, E.Weingartner, F. Riccobono, S. Santos, C. Gruning, K. Faloon, D. Beddows, R.M. Harrison, C. Monahan, S. G. Jennings, C.D. O’Dowd, A. Marinoni, H.-G. Horn, L. Keck, J. Jiang, J. Scheckman, P.H. McMurry, Z. Deng, C.S. Zhao, M. Moerman, B. Henzing, G. de Leeuw, G. Loschau and S. Bastian, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 657-685 (2012).

Diesel Particulate Filter Regeneration Strategies: Study of Hydrogen Addition on Biodiesel Fuelled Engines, K. Theinnoi, S.S. Gill, A. Tsolakis, A.P.E York, A. Megaritis and R.M. Harrison, Energy & Fuels, 26, 1192-1201 (2012).

Comparison of Methods for Evaluation of Wood Smoke and Estimation of UK Ambient Concentrations, R.M. Harrison, D.C.S. Beddows, L. Hu and J. Yin, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 8271-8283 (2012).

Real-Time Measurements of Non-Metallic Fine Particulate Matter Adjacent to a Major Integrated Steelworks, M. Dall’Osto, F. Drewnick, R. Fisher, and R.M. Harrison, Aerosol Sci.Technol., 46, 639-653 (2012).

A Large Reduction in Airborne Particle Number Concentrations at the time of the Introduction of “Sulphur Free” Diesel and the London Low Emission Zone, A.M. Jones, R.M. Harrison, G. Fuller and B. Barratt, Atmos. Environ., 50, 129-138 (2012).

Analysis of the Air Pollution Climate at a Background Site in the Po Valley, A. Bigi, G. Ghermandi and R.M. Harrison, J. Environ. Monit., 14, 552-563 (2012).

Critical Review of Receptor Modelling for Particulate Matter: A Case Study of India, P. Pant and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 49, 1-12 (2012).

Processes Affecting Concentrations of Fine Particulate Matter (PM­2.5­) in the UK Atmosphere,R.M. Harrison, D. Laxen, S. Moorcroft and K. Laxen, Atmos. Environ., 46, 115-124 (2012).

Primary and Secondary Marine Organic Aerosols over the North Atlantic Ocean during the MAP Experiment, S., Decesari, E. Finessi, M. Rinaldi, M. Paglione, S. Fuzzi, E. G. Stephanou, T. Tziaras, A. Spyros, D. Ceburnis, C. O'Dowd, M. Dall’Osto, R.M. Harrison, J. Allan, H. Coe, M. C. Facchini, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D22210 (2011). doi:10.1029/2011JD016204

A Statistical Analysis of North East Atlantic (Submicron) Aerosol Size Distributions, M. Dall’Osto, C. Monahan, R. Greaney, D.C.S. Beddows, R.M. Harrison, D. Ceburnis and C.D. O’Dowd, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 12567-12578 (2011).

In Vitro Toxicity of Particulate Matter (PM) Collected at Different Sites in the Netherlands is Associated with PM Composition, Size Fraction and Oxidative Potential – the RAPTES Project, M. Steenhof, I. Gosens, M. Strak, K.J. Godri, G. Hoek, F.R. Cassee, I.S. Mudway, F.J. Kelly, R.M. Harrison, E. Lebret, B. Brunekreef, N.A.H. Janssen, R.H.H. Pieters, Part. Fibre Toxicol., 8, 26 (2011).  doi: 10.1186/1743-8977-8-26

OC/EC Ratio Observations in Europe:  Re-thinking the Approach for Apportionment between Primary and Secondary Organic Carbon, C. Pio, M. Cerqueira, R.M. Harrison, T. Nunes, F. Mirante, C. Alves, C. Oliveira, A. Sanchez de la Campa, B. Artinano and M. Matos, Atmos. Environ., 45, 6121-6132, (2011).

Temporal Variations of Atmospheric Aerosol in Four European Urban Areas, M. Lianou, M.-C. Chalbot, I.G. Kavouras, A. Kotronarou, A. Karakatsani, A. Analytis, K. Katsouyanni, A. Puustinen, K. Hameri, M. Vallius, J. Pekkanen, C. Meddings, R.M. Harrison, J.G. Ayres, H. ten Brink, G. Kos, K. Meliefste, J. de Hartog and G. Hoek, Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res., 18, 1202-1212 (2011).

Increased Oxidative Burden Associated with the Traffic Component of Ambient Particulate Matter at Roadside and Urban Background Schools Sites in Greater London, K.J. Godri, R.M. Harrison, T. Evans, T. Baker, C. Dunster, I.S. Mudway, and F.J. Kelly, PLoS ONE, 1-11-e21961 (2011).

Books edited or authored

Pollution:  Causes, Effects and Control, Fifth Edition, R.M. Harrison (ed), Royal Society of Chemistry, 558pp (2013).

Waste as a Resource, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 37, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 234pp (2013).  ISBN 978-1-84973-668-8

Chemical Alternatives Assessments, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 36, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 301pp (2012).  ISBN 978-1-84973-605-3

Soils and Food Security, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 35, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 231pp (2012).  ISBN 978-1-84973-426-4

Environmental Impacts of Modern Agriculture, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 34, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 174pp (2012).  ISBN 978-1-84973-385-4

Marine Pollution and Human Health, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 33, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 1688pp (2011).  ISBN 978-1-84973-240-6

Nuclear Power and the Environment, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 32, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 228pp (2010).  ISBN 978-1-84973-194-2


Air pollution; environment and health; toxic chemicals

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