Professor Roy Harrison OBE FRS

Professor Roy Harrison

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

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+44 (0)121 41 43494
+44 (0)121 41 43709
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Campus
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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)


  • Leader, Environmental Health Sciences Group
  • Head, Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management (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's Science & 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 was 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 75 (May 2017);  total citations exceed 21,000. 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). In 2017 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.  Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK, dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

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.

World Health Organisation:

Consultant to WHO on air pollution with assignments to date in Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain and Syria.

  1. Advisor on Global Air Quality Guidelines (2005 Update);  Indoor Air Quality Guidelines (2010) and REVIHAAP (advice to EU) (2013)
  2. Expert Advisor on revisions to WHO Air Quality Guidelines (2015)

Membership of government advisory committees:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (and previously DoE and DETR)

    1. Member, Science Advisory Council (SAC) (2009 – 2012)
    2. Chairman, Airborne Particles Expert Group.  The Group advised the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions on sources and processes affecting particulate matter in the atmosphere (1998 - 1999)
    3. Chairman, Quality of Urban Air Review Group.  The Review Group advised the Secretary of State for Environment upon issues relating to the current and future quality of urban air (1991 - 1997)
    4. Member, Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (now COMEAP Sub-Committee on Standards).  The Expert Panel advises the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions upon air quality standards and guidelines for use in the U.K. (1991 - 2002)
      Deputy Chairman (2003 - 2009)
    5. Member, Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (2001 - 2006)
    6. Member, Air Quality Expert Group (2002 - 2016)
    7. Member, Nanotechnology Stakeholders Forum (2005 - 2012) and Task Force 3 (Human Health Hazard and Risk Assessment) of the Nanotechnology Research Coordination Group
    8. Member, Steering Group for National Environmental Health Action Plan (1998 - )
    9. Member of  Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions Photochemical Oxidants Review Group (1986 - 1997)
    10. Member of Sub-Committee on Organometallics of the DoE Standing Committee of Analysts (1991 - 1993)

Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions/Department of Trade and Industry

    1. Member, Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment (ACBE):
      Sub-Committee on Diesels and the Environment (1995 - 1996)

Department of Health

    1. Member, Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (1993 - 2003;
      2006 -), and of its sub-committees on Particles and Health and Quantification of the Public Health Effects of Air Pollution
    2. Member, Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (2011 - )
    3. Member, Health Advisory Group upon Chemical Contamination Incidents
      (1996 - 2003)
    4. Member, Steering Committee for National Focus on Chemical Incidents
      (1997 - 2003)

Food Standards Agency

    1. Member, Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) (April 2012 - date)

Postgraduate supervision

Research Students since 2010

Brian Stacey - Characterisation of air quality at a UK airport

James Brean - Source apportionment, spatial mapping and exposure assessment for ultrafine (nano) particles in the  atmosphere of Beijing

The influence of urban green space upon air pollutant concentrations

Dimitris Bousiotis - Properties of Particulate Air Pollutants

Ruixin Xu - Behaviour of Nanoparticles Emitted by Road Traffic

Van Tuan Vu - Human Exposure to Aerosol Contaminants in Modern Microenvironments

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

Adobi Okam - Personal and indoor exposure to nanoparticles and its relationship with biological markers

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


Current and completed projects

  • NERC-MRC Air Pollution and Human Health Programme - An Integrated Study of Air Pollutant Sources in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR)
  • Welsh Assembly Government - Identifying key sources of emissions of problem pollutants in Wales
  • EPSRC (with Mechanical Engineering) - Study of Novel Biofuels from Biomass – Methyl-Furans (MF)
  • NCAS - Source Apportionment, Spatial Mapping and Exposure Assessment for Ultrafine (nano) Particles in the Atmosphere of Beijing (James Brean studentship)
  • NERC Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health in a Chinese Megacity - Sources and Emissions of Air Pollutants in Beijing (AIRPOLL-Beijing)
  • Ricardo-AEA - Provision of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Services (QA/QC) for the Automatic Urban and Rural Air Quality Monitoring Network (AURN)
  • NERC - Impact of Wood Burning Air Pollution on Preeclampsia and other Pregnancy Outcomes in Temuco, Chile
  • Defra/KCL (with King’s College, London) - Defra Framework Agreement for the Understanding of Particulate Matter in the UK ERG 1123.  AQ0735:  Pilot Study to Measure Non-Exhaust Particulate Matter Emissions from Road Traffic
  • ComPart (NERC) - Combustion Particles in the Atmosphere: Particles, Transformations, Fate and Impacts
  • Defra PM Framework – Understanding Non-Exhaust Emissions AQ0734
  • UKIERI - Tripartite Project on Air Pollution collaboration with Desert Research Institute, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and University of Birmingham
  • CHEERS - Chemical and Physical Properties and Source Apportionment of Airport Emissions in the context of European Air Quality Directives
  • European Union LIFE11 ENV/ES/584 – AIRUSE - Testing and Development of Air Quality Mitigation Measures in Southern Europe (2012 – 2016)
  • Marie Curie Initial Training Networks, European Union – HEXACOMM - Human EXposure to Aerosol Contaminants in Modern Microenvironments) “Calculating Pollutant Lung Dose for Use in Health Exposure Studies”
  • FASTER - Fundamental Studies of the Source, Properties and Environmental Behaviour of Exhaust Nanoparticles from Road Vehicles
  • 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)

Much of this research is collaborative with Professor Bill Bloss, Professor Rob MacKenzie, Dr Zongbo Shi and Dr Xiaoming Cai. 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:

NERC-MRC Air Pollution and Human Health Programme (India) - University of Surrey (UK), IIT Delhi, Indian National Physical Laboratory (India).

AIRPOLL (China) - Universities of York, Lancaster, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchster, Tsinghua University, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Peking University, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, China University of Mining & Technology, Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology

UKIERI - Desert Research Institute (USA) and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

AIRUSE – IDAEA CSIC, N.C.S.R. Demokritos, University of Aviero, Universita di Firenze, Asociacion de Investigacion de las Industrias Ceramicas.

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

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 85KB)


Recent publications

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers

Efficacy of Recent Emissions Controls on Road Vehicles in Europe and Implications for Public Health, R.M. Harrison and D.C. Beddows, Sci. Rep., 7, 1152, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01135-2 (2017).

Health Risk Associated with Airborne Particulate Matter and its Components in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, R.M. Harrison, D. Bousiotis, A.M. Mohorjy, A.K. Alkhalaf, M. Shamy, M. Alghamdi, M. Khoder, M. Costa, Sci. Tot. Environ., 590-591, 531-539 (2017).

The influence of Odd-Even Car Trial on Fine and Coarse Particles in Delhi, P. Kumar, S. Gulia, R.M. Harrison and M. Khare, Environ. Pollut., 225, 20-30 (2017).

Air pollution-aerosol interactions produce more bioavailable iron for ocean ecosystems, W. Li, L. Xu, X. Liu, J. Zhang, Y. Lin, X. Yao, H. Gao, D. Zhang, J. Chen, W. Wang, R.M. Harrison, X. Zhang, L. Shao, P. Fu, A. Nenes, Z. Shi, Sci. Adv., 3, e1601749 (2017).

Phenomenology of High-Ozone Episodes in NE Spain, X. Querol, G. Gangoiti, E. Mantilla, A. Alastuey, M.C. Minguillón, F. Amato, C. Reche, M. Viana, T. Moreno, A. Karanasiou, I. Rivas, N. Pérez, A. Ripoll, M. Brines, M. Ealo, M. Pandolfi, H.-K. Lee, H.-R. Eun, Y.-H. Park, M. Escudero, D. Beddows, R.M. Harrison, A. Bertrand, N. Marchand, A. Lyasota, B. Codina, M. Olid, M. Udina, B. Jiménez-Esteve, M.R. Soler, L. Alonso, M. Millán and K.-H. Ahn, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2817-2838 (2017).

Physical Properties and Lung Deposition of Particles Emitted from Five Major Indoor Sources, T.V. Vu, J. Ondracek, V. Zdímal, J.M. Delgado-Saborit and R.M. Harrison, Air Qual. Atmos. Health, 10, 1-14 (2017).

Characterization of Traffic-Related Particulate Matter Emissions in a Road Tunnel in Birmingham, UK.  I. Trace Metals and Organic Molecular Markers, P. Pant, Z. Shi, F.D. Pope and R.M. Harrison, Aerosol & Air Qual. Res., 17, 117-130 (2017).

Correlation of Gravestone Decay and Air Quality 1960-2010, H.D. Mooers, M.J. Carlson, R.M. Harrison, R.J. Inkpen and S, Loeffler, Atmos. Environ., 152, 156-171 (2017).

Source Apportionment of Fine and Coarse Particles at a Roadside and Urban Background Site in London during the Summer ClearfLo Campaign, L.R. Crilley, F. Lucarelli, W.J. Bloss, R.M. Harrison, D.C. Beddows, G. Calzolai, S. Nava, G. Valli, V. Bernardoni and R. Vecchi, Environmental Pollution, 220, 766-778 (2017).

Size Dependent Chemical Ageing of Oleic Acid Aerosol Under Dry and Humidified Conditions, S. Al-Kindi, F.D. Pope, D.C. Beddows, W.J. Bloss and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 15561-15579 (2016).

Differential Health Effects of Short-Term Exposure to Source-Specific Particles in London, U.K., E. Samoli, R.W. Atkinson, A. Analitis, G.W. Fuller, D. Beddows, D.C. Green, I.S. Mudway, R.M. Harrison, H.R. Anderson and F.J Kelly, Environ. Intl., 97, 246-253 (2016).

A European Aerosol Phenomenology-5: Climatology of black Carbon Optical Properties at 9 Regional Background Sites across Europe, M. Zanatta, M. Gysel, N. Bukowiecki, T. Muller, E. Weingartner, H. Areskoug, M. Fiebig, K.E. Yttri, N. Mihalopoulos, G. Kouvarakis, D. Beddows, R.M. Harrison, F. Cavalli, J.P. Putaud, G. Spindler, A. Wiedensohler, A. Alastuey, M. Pandolfi, K. Sellegri, E. Swietlicki, J.L. Jaffrezo, U. Baltensperger, and P. Laj, Atmos. Environ., 145, 346-364 (2016).

Influence of Petrochemical Installations Upon PAH Concentrations at Sites in Western Saudi Arabia, R.M. Harrison, M.S. Alam, J. Dang, J. Basahi, M.A. Alghamdi, I.M. Ismail, M. Khoder and I.A. Hassan, Atmos. Pollut. Res., 7, 954-960 (2016).

Relationship of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons with Oxy (Quinone) and Nitro Derivatives During Air Mass Transport, R.M. Harrison, M.S. Alam, J. Dang, I.M. Ismail, J. Basahi, M.A. Alghamdi, I.A. Hassan and M. Khoder, Sci. Tot. Environ., 572, 1175-1183 (2016).

Air Quality Across a European Hotspot: Spatial Gradients, Seasonality, Diurnal Cycles and Trends in the Veneto Region, NE Italy, M. Masiol, S. Squizzato, G. Formenton, R.M. Harrison and C. Agostinelli, Sci. Tot. Environ., 576, 210-224 (2016).

A European Aerosol Phenomenology -4: Harmonized Concentrations of Carbonaceous Aerosol at 10 Regional Background Sites Across Europe, F. Cavalli, A. Alastuey, H. Areskoug, D. Ceburnis, J. Cech, J. Genberg, R.M. Harrison, J.L. Jaffrezo, G. Kiss, P. Laj, N. Mihalopoulos, N. Perez, P. Quincey, J. Schwarz, K. Sellegri, G. Spindler, E. Swietlicki, C. Theodosi, K.E. Yttri, W. Aas and J.P. Putaud, Atmos. Environ., 144, 133-145 (2016).

Molecular Composition of Organic Aerosols at Urban Background and Road Tunnel Sites Using Ultra-High Resolution Mass Spectrometry, H. Tong, I. Kourtchev, P. Pant, I.J. Keyte, I.P. O'Connor, J.C. Wenger, F.D. Pope, R.M. Harrison and M. Kalberer, Faraday Discuss., 189, 51-68 (2016). 

On-Road Traffic Emissions of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and their Oxy- and Nitro- Derivative Compounds Measured in a Road Tunnel Environment, I.J. Keyte, A. Albinet and R.M. Harrison, Sci. Total Environ., 566-567, 1131-1142 (2016).

On the Simultaneous Deployment of Two Single Particle Mass Spectrometers at an Urban Background and a Roadside Site During SAPUSS, M. Dall’Osto, D.C.S. Beddows, E.J. McGillicuddy, J.K. Esser-Gietl, R.M. Harrison and J.C. Wenger, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9693-9710 (2016).

Modelling Component Evaporation and Composition Change of Traffic-induced Ultrafine Particles During Travel from Street Canyon to Urban Background, I. Nikolova, A.R. MacKenzie, X. Cai, M.S. Alam and R.M. Harrison, Faraday Discuss., 189, 529-546 (2016). 

The Characterisation of Diesel Exhaust Particles – Composition, Size Distribution and Partitioning, M.S. Alam, S.Z. Rezaei, C.P. Stark, Z. Liang, H.M. Xu and R.M. Harrison, Faraday Discuss., 189, 69-84 (2016). 

Source Apportionment of the Lung Dose of Ambient Submicrometre Particulate Matter, T.V. Vu, D.C.S. Beddows, J.M. Delgado-Saborit and R.M. Harrison, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 16, 1548-1557 (2016).

Emission of Ultrafine Particles from the Incineration of Municipal Solid Waste:  A Review, A.M. Jones and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 140, 519-528 (2016).

Recent Advances in the Application of 2-Dimensional Gas Chromatography with Soft and Hard Ionisation Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry in Environmental Analysis, M.S. Alam and R.M. Harrison, Chem. Sci., 7, 3968-3977 (2016). 

Characterisation of Iron-Rich Atmospheric Submicrometre Particles in the Roadside Environment, P. Sanderson, S.S. Su, I.T.H Chang, J.M Delgado Saborit, D. Kepaptsoglou, R. Weber and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 140, 167-175 (2016).

Factors, Origin and Sources Affecting PM1 Concentrations and Composition at an Urban Background Site, S. Squizzato, M. Masiol, C. Agostini, F. Visin, G. Formenton, R.M. Harrison and G. Rampazzo, Atmos. Res., 180, 262-273 (2016).

Source Apportionment of Wide Range Particle Size Spectra and Black Carbon Collected at the Airport of Venice (Italy), M. Masiol, T.V. Vu and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 139, 56-74 (2016).

Fine Iron Aerosols are Internally Mixed with Nitrate in the Urban European Atmosphere, M. Dall´Osto, D.C.S. Beddows, R.M. Harrison and B. Onat, Environ. Sci. Technol., 50, 4212-4220 (2016).

Using Variable Ionisation Energy Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry with Comprehensive GC×GC to Identify Isomeric Species, M.S. Alam, C. Stark and R.M. Harrison, Anal. Chem., 88, 4211-4220 (2016).     

AIRUSE-LIFE+: A Harmonized PM Speciation and source Apportionment in Five Southern European cities, F. Amato, A. Alastuey, A. Karanasiou, F. Lucarelli, S. Nava, G. Calzolai, M. Severi, S. Becagli, V.L. Gianelle, C. Colombi, C. Alves, D. Custódio, T. Nunes, M. Cerqueira, C. Pio, K. Eleftheriadis, E. Diapouli, C. Reche, M.C. Minguillón, M. Manousakas, T. Maggos, S. Vratolis, R.M. Harrison and X. Querol, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 3289-3309 (2016).

Is Particulate Air Pollution at the Front Door a Good Proxy of Residential Exposure? S. Zauli Sajani, A. Trentini, S. Rovelli, I. Ricciardelli, S. Marchesi, C. Maccone, D. Bacco, S. Ferrari, F. Scotto, C. Zigola, A. Cattaneo, D.M. Cavallo, P. Lauriola, V. Poluzzi and R.M. Harrison, Environ.Pollut., 213, 347-358 (2016).

Detection of Brake Wear Aerosols by Aerosol Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, D.C.S. Beddows, M. Dall’Osto, O.A. Olatunbosun and R.M.Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 129, 167-175  (2016).

Analysis of Size-Segregated Winter Season Aerosol Data from New Delhi, India, P. Pant, S.J. Baker, S. Guttikunda, A. Goel, A. Shukla and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Pollut. Res., 7, 100-109 (2016).

Evaporation of Traffic-Generated Nanoparticles During Advection from Source, R.M. Harrison, A.M. Jones, D.C.S. Beddows, M. Dall’Osto and I. Nikolova, Atmos. Environ., 125, 1-7 (2016).

On the Origin of AMS “Cooking Organic Aerosol” at a Rural Site, M. Dall’Osto, M. Paglione, S. Decesari, M.C. Facchini, C. O’Dowd, C. Plass-Duellmer and R.M. Harrison, Environ. Sci. Technol., 49, 13964-13972 (2015).

Air pollution challenges for developing megacities like Delhi, P. Kumar, M. Khare, R.M. Harrison, W.J. Bloss, A.C. Lewis, H.Coe and L. Morawska, New Directions, Atmos. Environ., 122, 657-661 (2015).

A New Methodology to Assess the Performance and Uncertainty of Source Apportionment Models II: the Results of Two European Intercomparison Exercises, C.A. Belis, F. Karagulian, F. Amato, M. Almeida, P. Artaxo, D.C.S. Beddows, V. Bernardoni, M.C. Bove, S. Carbone, D. Cesari, Contini D., E. Cuccia, E. Diapouli, K. Eleftheriadis, O. Favez, I. El Haddad, R.M. Harrison, S. Hellebust, J. Hovorka, E. Jang, H. Jorquera, T. Kammermeier, M. Karl, F. Lucarelli, D. Mooibroek, S. Nava, J.K. Nøjgaard, P. Paatero, M. Pandolfi, M.G. Perrone, J.E. Petit, A. Pietrodangelo, P. Pokorná, P. Prati, A.S.H. Prevot, U. Quass, X. Querol, D. Saraga, J. Sciare, A. Sfetsos, G.Valli, R. Vecchi, M. Vestenius, E.Yubero and P.K. Hopke, Atmos. Environ., 123, 240-250 (2015).

Diurnal Variability of Polycyclic Aromatic Compound (PAC) Concentrations:  Relationship with Meteorological Conditions and Inferred Sources, M.S. Alam, I.J. Keyte, J. Yin, C. Stark, A.M. Jones and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 122, 427-438 (2015).

Reducing the Health Effect of Particles from Agriculture, B. Brunekreef, R.M. Harrison, N. Kunzli, X. Querol, M.A. Sutton, D.J.J. Heederik and T. Sigsgaard, Lancet Respir. Med., (2015).

Study of Gaseous Benzene Effects Upon A549 Lung Epithelial Cells Using a Novel Exposure System, M. Mascelloni, J.M. Delgado-Saborit, N.J. Hodges and R.M. Harrison, Toxicol. Letts, 237, 38-45 (2015).

Review:  Particle Number Size Distributions from Seven Major Sources and Implications for Source Apportionment Studies, T.V. Vu, J.M. Delgado-Saborit and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 122, 114-132 (2015).

Receptor Modelling of Both Particle Composition and Size Distribution Data for a Background Site in London UK, D.C.S. Beddows, R.M. Harrison, D. Green and G. Fuller, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 10107-10125 (2015).

A Review of Hygroscopic Growth Factors of Submicron Aerosols from Different Sources and its Implication for Calculation of Lung Deposition Efficiency of Ambient Aerosols, T.V. Vu, J.M. Delgado-Saborit and R.M.Harrison, Air Qual. Atmos. Health, doi 10.1007/s11869-015-0365-0 (2015).

Spatial, Seasonal Trends and Transboundary Transport of PM2.5 Inorganic Ions in the Veneto Region (Northeastern Italy), M. Masiol, F. Benetello, R.M. Harrison, G. Formenton, F. De Gaspari and B. Pavoni, Atmos. Environ., 117, 19-31 (2015).

Quantification of Air Quality Impacts of London Heathrow Airport (UK) from 2005 to 2012, M. Masiol and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 116, 308-319 (2015).

Meteorology, Air Quality, and Health in London:  The ClearfLo Project, S.I. Bohnenstengel, S.E. Belcher, A. Aiken, J.D. Allan, G. Allen, A. Bacak, T.J. Bannan, J.F. Barlow, D.C.S. Beddows, W.J. Bloss, A.M. Booth, C. Chemel, O. Coceal, C.F. Di Marco, M.K. Dubey, K.H. Faloon, Z.L. Fleming, M. Furger, J.K. Geitl, R.R. Graves, D.C. Green, C.S.B. Grimmond, C.H. Halios, J.F. Hamilton, R.M. Harrison, M.R. Heal, D.E. Heard, C. Helfter, S.C. Herndon, R.E. Holmes, J.R. Hopkins, A.M. Jones, F.J. Kelly, S. Kotthaus, B. Langford, J.D. Lee, R.J. Leigh, A.C. Lewis, R.T. Lidster, F.D. Lopez-Hilfiker, J.B. McQuaid, C. Mohr, P.S. Monks, E. Nemitz, N.L. Ng, C.J. Percival, A.S.H. Prévôt, H.M.A. Ricketts, R. Sokhi, D. Stone, J.A. Thornton, A.H. Tremper, A.C. Valach, S. Visser, L.K. Whalley, L.R. Williams, L. Xu, D.E. Young, P. Zotter, Amer. Meteor. Soc., 779-804 (2015).

Factors Affecting the Ambient Physicochemical Properties of Cerium-Containing Particles
Generated by Nanoparticle Diesel Fuel Additive Use, B. Gantt, S. Hoque, K.M. Fahey, R.D. Willis, J.M. Delgado-Saborit, R.M. Harrison, K.M. Zhang, D.A. Jefferson, M. Kalberer, K.L. Bunker, J.M. Conny, P.V. Bhave, J.P. Weinstein and H.O.T. Pye, Aerosol Sci. Technol., 49, 371-380 (2015).

The PM10 Fraction of Road Dust in the UK and India: Characterization, Source Profiles and Oxidative Potential, P. Pant, S.J. Baker, A. Shukla, C. Maikawa, K.J. Godri Pollitt and R.M. Harrison, Sci. Tot. Environ., 530-531, 445-452 (2015).

Investigating the Annual Behaviour of Submicron Secondary Inorganic and Organic Aerosols in London, D.E. Young, J.D. Allan, P.I. Williams, D.C. Green, M.J. Flynn, R.M. Harrison, J. Yin, M.W. Gallagher and H. Coe, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 6351-6366 (2015).

Traffic and Nucleation Events as Main Sources of Ultrafine Particles in High Insolation Developed World Cities, M. Brines, M. Dall’Osto, D.C.S. Beddows, R.M. Harrison, F. Gómez-Moreno, L. Núñez, B. Artíñano, F. Costabile, G.P. Gobbi, F. Salimi, L. Morawska, C. Sioutas and X. Querol, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 5929-5945 (2015).

Urinary Metabolites of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Saudi Arabian Schoolchildren in Relation to Sources of Exposure, M.A. Alghamdi, M.S. Alam, C. Stark, N. Mohammed, R.M. Harrison, M. Shamy, M.I. Khoder , I. Shabbaj and T. Göen, Environ. Res., 140, 495-501 (2015).

Civil Aviation, Air Pollution and Human Health, R.M. Harrison, M. Masiol and S. Vardoulakis, Environ. Res. Letts., 10, 041001, 2015.  doi:

Review of the Efficacy of Low Emission Zones to Improve Urban Air Quality in European Cities, C. Holman, R.M. Harrison and X. Querol, Atmos. Environ., 111, 161-169 (2015).

Receptor Modelling of Fine Particles in Southern England using CMB including Comparison with AMS-PMF Factors, J. Yin, S.A. Cumberland, R.M. Harrison, J. Allan, D. Young, P. Williams andH. Coe, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 2139-2158 (2015).

Local and Regional Components of Aerosol in a Heavily Trafficked Street Canyon in Central London Derived from PMF and Cluster Analysis of Single Particle ATOFMS Spectra, C. Giorio, A. Tapparo, M.Dall’Osto, D.C.S. Beddows, J.K. Gietl, R. Healy and R.M. Harrison, Environ. Sci. Technol., 49, 3330-3340 (2015).

Investigating a Two-Component Model of Solid Fuel Organic Aerosol in London: Processes, PM1 contributions, and Seasonality, D.E. Young, J.D. Allan, P.I. Williams, D.C. Green, R.M. Harrison, J. Yin, M.J. Flynn, M.W. Gallagher and H. Coe, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 2429-2443 (2015).

Spatial and Indoor/Outdoor Gradients in Urban Concentrations of Ultrafine Particles and PM2.5 Mass and Chemical Components, S.Z. Sajani, I. Ricciardelli, A. Trentini, D. Bacco, C. Maccone, S. Castellazzi, P. Lauriola, V. Poluzzi and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 103, 307-320 (2015).

Sources and Contributions of Wood Smoke during Winter in London: Assessing Local and Regional Influences, L.R. Crilley, W.J. Bloss, J. Yin, D.C.S. Beddows, R.M. Harrison, J.D. Allan, D.E. Young, M. Flynn, P.Williams, P. Zotter, A.S.H. Prevot, M.R. Heal, J.F. Barlow, C.H. Halios, J.D. Lee, S. Szidat and C. Mohr, Atmos. Chem. Phys., Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 3149-3171 (2015).

Characterization of Ambient PM2.5 at a Pollution Hotspot in New Delhi, India and Inference of Sources, P. Pant, A. Shukla, S.D. Kohl, J.C. Chow, J.G. Watson and R.M. Harrison, Atmos. Environ., 109, 178-189 (2015).

Clean Air in Europe:  Beyond the Horizon?  B. Brunekreef, N. Künzli, J. Pekkanen, I. Annesi-Maesano, B. Forsberg, T. Sigsgaard, M. Keuken, F. Forastiere, M. Barry, X. Querol and R.M. Harrison, Eur. Respir. J., 45, 7-10 (2015).

Associations Between Three Specific A-Cellular Measures of the Oxidative Potential of Particulate Matter and Markers of Acute Airway and Nasal Inflammation in Healthy Volunteers, N.A.H. Janssen, M. Strak, A. Yang, B. Hellack, F.J. Kelly, T. Kuhlbusch, R.M.  Harrison, B. Brunekreef, F. Cassee, M. Steenhof and G. Hoek, Occup. Environ. Med., 72, 49-56 (2015).

Receptor Modelling Study of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, M.A. Alghamdi, M.S. Alam, J. Yin, C. Stark, E. Jang, R.M. Harrison, M. Shamy, M.I. Khoder and I.I. Shabbaj, Sci. Tot. Environ., 506-507, 401-408 (2015).

Books edited or authored

Airborne Particulate Matter.  Sources, Atmospheric Processes and Health, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 42, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 387pp (2016).  ISBN 978-1-78262-491-2

Pharmaceuticals in the Environment 41, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 294pp (2016).  ISBN 978-1-78262-189-8

Still Only One Earth.  Progress in the 40 Years Since the First UN Conference on the Environment, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 40, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 285pp (2015).  ISBN 978-1-78262-076-1

Fracking, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 39, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 228pp (2015).  ISBN 978-1-84973-920-7

Geoengineering of the Climate System, Issues in Environmental Science and Technology 38, R.E. Hester and R.M. Harrison (eds), Royal Society of Chemistry, 252pp (2014).  ISBN 978-1-84973-953-5

European Guide on Air Pollution Source Apportionment with Receptor Models, C.A. Belis, R. Larsen, F. Amato, I. El Haddad, O. Favez, R.M. Harrison, P.K. Hopke, S. Nava, P. Paatero, A. Prevot, U. Quass, R. Vecchi and M. Viana, JRC Reference Reports, European Commission (2014).


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