Professor Roy Harrison OBE FRS

Professor Roy Harrison

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

Contact details

Address
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Campus
Birmingham
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.

Qualifications

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 (July 1989)

Biography

Roy Harrison is Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Birmingham, UK, and also Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. His research interests are in air pollution, especially airborne particulate matter.  He has also been heavily engaged at the science/policy interface as a member of several government technical advisory groups for the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the U.K. including past membership of Defra’s Science Advisory Council.  He was a contributor to the World Health Organization Global Air Quality Guidelines and the Guidelines for Quality of Indoor Air. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 New Year Honours List and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2017.  He is author of over 600 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, and is listed by Web of Science as a Highly Cited Researcher.

Postgraduate supervision

Research Students since 2015

Adams Alpha Kamara - In-depth multi-component study of air quality processes

Dewi Komalasari - Influence of Urban Green Space upon Air Pollutant Concentrations

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

Research

Air Pollution;  Atmospheric Science;  Environmental Health;  Environmental Chemistry; Aerosol Science

Professor Harrison has been involved in a number of research projects (PDF 85KB)

Other activities

Keynote/Invited Papers (National)

2019:  Presentation, “Airborne Particulate Matter”, Air Quality, Past, Present and Future, Royal Society Discussion Meeting, 11-12 November 2019.  

2019:  Invited Speaker, “Air Pollution, Sources, Properties and Public Health Implications”, Lunar Society Meeting, October 2019. 

2019:  Invited Speaker, “Non-exhaust emissions of PM from road traffic”, Routes to Clean Air Conference, London, 16th-17th September 2019. 

2019:  Oral Presentation, “Measurement and Modelling of Physico-Chemical Properties and Atmospheric Behaviour of Automotive Diesel Particles”, Atmospheric Science Conference 2019: Weather, Climate and Air Quality, Birmingham, UK, 2nd-3rd July 2019. 

2019:  Invited Speaker, “Non-Exhaust Particles from Road Traffic”, City Atmospheric Pollution Meeting, Institute of Physics, London, 5th June 2019. 

2019:  Invited Speaker, “Evaluation of the efficacy of motor vehicle emission controls through atmospheric measurements”, 5th SIG Meeting in Particulate Matter Filtration in Automotive and Marine Applications, 25th February 2019, Birmingham. 

2018:  Invited Speaker, “Diesel Exhaust Aerosol: Atmospheric Processing from Tailpipe to Lungs”, Annual Aerosol Science Conference, The Aerosol Society, Birmingham, 8th November 2018. 

2018:  Invited Speaker, “Field Measurements and Data Analysis Approaches to Estimating Non-Exhaust Emissions from Road Traffic”, APRIL meeting of the Transport Group on Non-Exhaust Emissions, London, 30th October 2018. 

2018:  Guest Speaker, “Source Apportionment of Airborne Particulate Matter by receptor Modelling”, Defra Group Science and Analysis Conference Science for a Changing Future, London, 20th March 2018. 

2017:  Oral Presentation, “Measurement of Airborne Particulate Matter in the Vicinity of Heathrow Airport”, AAMG Conference, Monitoring Ambient Air 2017, The Royal Society of Chemistry, London, 13-14th December 2017. 

2017:  Invited Speaker, “Sources and trends in PM2.5, the good news and the bad”, Routes to Clean Air Conference, Birmingham, 24-25 October 2017. 

Keynote/Invited Papers (International)

2020:  Keynote Speaker, “Urban Air Quality: Current Threats and Opportunities”, 1st International Conference on Applications of Air Quality in Science and Engineering (ICAAQSE), Kuwait, 10-12 February 2020.  

2019:  Oral Presentation “Evaluation and the Effectiveness of Mitigation Measures on General Air Quality and Road Traffic Pollution in Beijing”; “Measurement and Modelling of Physico-Chemical Properties and Atmospheric Behaviour of Automotive Diesel Particles” and “Health Effects of Airborne Particulate Matter”, 15th International Conference on Atmospheric Sciences and Applications to Air Quality, ASAAQ15, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28-30 October 2019. 

2019:  Keynote Speaker, “Global Trends, Sources and Speciation of Carbonaceous Particulate Matter”, Particulate Matter-Black Carbon-Climate Change Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 16-17 May 2019. 

2019:  Keynote Speaker, “??”, Environmental Analysis India Meeting, 25-26 April 2019, New Delhi, India.  

2018:  Keynote Speaker, “Behaviour of atmospheric aerosol in the coastal zone”, SOLAS-IGAC Workshop on Influence of Coastal Pollution on Marine Atmospheric Chemistry:  Effects on Climate and Human Health, Rome, 27-28 November 2018. 

2018:  Keynote Speaker, “Insights into the sources and processes affecting particulate matter in Beijing from the joint UK-China APHH programme”, American Geophysical Union JING 2018, Xi’an, China, 16-20 October 2018. 

2018:  Oral Presentation, “Studies of Semi-Volatile Hydrocarbons in Diesel Exhaust Particles and Ambient Air”, 11th International Conference on Air Quality – Science and Application, Barcelona, 12-16 March 2018. 

2017:  Oral Presentation “Studies of Semi-Volatile Hydrocarbons in Diesel Exhaust Particles and Ambient Air”, 15th Workhop on Air Quality in Urban and Regional Areas, Lille, France, 4-5 October 2017. 

2017:  Invited Speaker, “Measurement and modelling studies of nanoparticulate cerium oxide additive emissions from use in motor fuels”, Workshop on Engineered Nanomaterials in the Atmosphere, Duisburg, Germany, 28-29 November 2017. 

2016: Oral Presentation, “What Makes Urban Atmospheric Chemistry Different and Special?”, EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria, 17-22 April 2016. 

2015:  Invited Speaker, “Emission of Particle-Associated and Vapour Phase Hydrocarbons from an Automotive Diesel Engine”, Workshop on “Air Quality in Urban and Regional Areas”, Aachen, 20-21 October 2015. 

2015:  Oral Presentation “Using Soft Ionisation GC×GC-ToF-MS to Characterise SVOC from Nanoparticles in Diesel Exhaust Emissions”, “Review of the efficiency of major air quality measures for road traffic in Europe”, European Aerosol Conference (EAC 2015), Milan, Italy, 6th-11th September 2015.

2015:  Keynote Speaker, “Sources and Processes Affecting Urban Aerosols with a Focus on Unregulated Sources and Nanoparticles”, 3rd Iberian Meeting on Aerosols Science and Technology, RICTA2015, Alicante, Spain, 29 June-1 July 2015. 

2015:  Keynote Speaker, “Ultrafine Particles in the Urban Atmosphere”, International Symposium on Ultrafine Particles – Air Quality and Climate, Brussels, 4-5 May 2015. 

2015:  Invited Participant, Workshop on “Receptor Modelling of Particulate Air Pollutants”, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi, India, 8th-9th January 2015.

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Fussell, JC, Franklin, M, Green, DC, Gustafsson, M, Harrison, RM, Hicks, W, Kelly, FJ, Kishta, F, Miller, MR, Mudway, IS, Oroumiyeh, F, Selley, L, Wang, M & Zhu, Y 2022, 'A review of road traffic-derived non-exhaust particles: emissions, physicochemical characteristics, health risks, and mitigation measures', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 56, no. 11, pp. 6813-6835. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c01072

Bousiotis, D, Beddows, DCS, Singh, A, Haugen, M, Diez, S, Edwards, PM, Boies, A, Harrison, RM & Pope, FD 2022, 'A study on the performance of low-cost sensors for source apportionment at an urban background site', Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol. 15, no. 13, pp. 4047-4061. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-4047-2022

Blanco, E, Marin, M, Nuñez, L, Retamal, E, Ossa, X, Woolley, K, Oludotun, T, Bartington, S, Delgado Saborit, JM, Harrison, R, Ruiz-Rudolph, P & Quinteros, ME 2022, 'Adverse pregnancy and perinatal outcomes in Latin America and the Caribbean: systematic review and meta-analysis', Pan American Journal of Public Health, vol. 46, e21. https://doi.org/10.26633/ RPSP.2022.21

Aquilina, NJ, Havel, CM, Harrison, RM, Ho, KF, Benowitz, NL & Jacob, P 2022, 'Determination of 4-(Methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-Pyridyl)-1-Butanone (NNK) arising from tobacco smoke in airborne particulate matter', Environment International, vol. 158, 106992. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2021.106992

Dall'Osto, M, Sotomayor-Garcia, A, Cabrera-Brufau, M, Berdalet, E, Vaqué, D, Zeppenfeld, S, van Pinxteren, M, Herrmann, H, Wex, H, Rinaldi, M, Paglione, M, Beddows, D, Harrison, R, Avila, C, Martin-Martin, RP, Park, J & Barbosa, A 2022, 'Leaching material from Antarctic seaweeds and penguin guano affects cloud-relevant aerosol production', The Science of the Total Environment, vol. 831, 154772. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154772

Wu, X, Vu, TV, Harrison, RM, Yan, J, Hu, X, Cui, Y, Shi, A, Liu, X, Shen, Y, Zhang, G & Xue, Y 2022, 'Long-term characterization of roadside air pollutants in urban Beijing and associated public health implications', Environmental Research, vol. 212, 113277. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2022.113277

Şahin, ÜA, Harrison, RM, Alam, MS, Beddows, DCS, Bousiotis, D, Shi, Z, Crilley, LR, Bloss, W, Brean, J, Khanna, I & Verma, R 2022, 'Measurement report: interpretation of wide-range particulate matter size distributions in Delhi', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 22, no. 8, pp. 5415-5433. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-5415-2022

Hu, X, Yu, Z, Chen, L, Huang, Y, Zhang, C, Salehi, F, Chen, R, Harrison, RM & Xu, J 2022, 'Morphological and nanostructure characteristics of soot particles emitted from a jet-stirred reactor burning aviation fuel', Combustion and Flame, vol. 236, 111760. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.combustflame.2021.111760

Xu, J, Harrison, RM, Song, C, Hou, S, Wei, L, Fu, P, Li, H, Li, W & Shi, Z 2022, 'PM2.5-bound silicon-containing secondary organic aerosols (Si-SOA) in Beijing ambient air', Chemosphere, vol. 288, no. 1, 132377. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.132377

Quinteros, ME, Blazquez, C, Rosas, F, Ayala, S, García, XMO, Delgado-Saborit, JM, Harrison, RM, Ruiz-Rudolph, P & Yohannessen, K 2022, 'Quality of automatic geocoding tools: a study using addresses from hospital record files in Temuco, Chile', Cadernos de Saude Publica, vol. 38, no. 1, e00288920. https://doi.org/10.1590/0102-311X00288920

Matthaios, VN, Lawrence, J, Martins, MAG, Ferguson, ST, Wolfson, JM, Harrison, RM & Koutrakis, P 2022, 'Quantifying factors affecting contributions of roadway exhaust and non-exhaust emissions to ambient PM102.5 and PM2.50.2 particles', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 835, 155368. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.155368

Dall’Osto, M, Vaqué, D, Sotomayor-Garcia, A, Cabrera-Brufau, M, Estrada, M, Buchaca, T, Soler, M, Nunes, S, Zeppenfeld, S, van Pinxteren, M, Herrmann, H, Wex, H, Rinaldi, M, Paglione, M, Beddows, DCS, Harrison, RM & Berdalet, E 2022, 'Sea ice microbiota in the Antarctic peninsula modulates cloud-relevant sea spray aerosol production', Frontiers in Marine Science, vol. 9, 827061. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2022.827061

Camilleri, R, Vella, AJ, Harrison, R & Aquilina, NJ 2022, 'Source apportionment of indoor PM2.5 at a residential urban background site in Malta', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 278, 119093. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2022.119093

Preprint

Bousiotis, D, Beddows, D, Singh, A, Haugen, M, Diez, S, Edwards, P, Boies, A, Harrison, RM & Pope, F 2022 'A study on the performance of low-cost sensors for source apportionment at an urban background site' European Geosciences Union. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2022-84

Review article

Srivastava, D, Vu, TV, Tong, S, Shi, Z & Harrison, RM 2022, 'Formation of secondary organic aerosols from anthropogenic precursors in laboratory studies', npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, vol. 5, no. 1, 22. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41612-022-00238-6

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air pollution; atmospheric chemistry; effects on health; traffic emissions