Revolutionizing training in aerosol science

Darragh Murnane, Jonathan P. Reid, Adam Boies, Kerry Knox, Rachael E. H. Miles

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Until 2019, researcher training in aerosol science in the UK, and elsewhere, was fragmentary, occurring within the context of
individual disciplines (for example inhaled drug delivery, formulation science, emissions, and environmental science). However, in
many of the disciplines in which aerosol science is key, the research challenges that must be addressed are, perhaps unsurprisingly,
very similar. As examples, the micro-architecture and phase of aerosol particles (e.g. solution, amorphous, crystalline, core-shell)i
are crucial to health impacts of aerosol (e.g. viability of bacteria, solubility of drugs on inhalation), the function of manufactured
particles (e.g. light interactions with pigments, preservation of biologics in spray-dried pharmaceutical products), the impaction of
particles on surfaces (e.g. volcanic ash in jet engines, distribution of agrochemical sprays), and air quality and climate change (e.g.
mass concentration of particulate matter in urban environments, ice cloud formation). Similar synergies exist between disciplines
in areas of aerosol chemistry, transport, deposition, and optical properties, to name just a few further examples. Exploring such
interdisciplinary challenges collaboratively, supported by research in the underlying physical science and the development of new
measurement technologies, represents an efficient path for achieving innovative step-changes in knowledge, productivity,
and capability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-25
Number of pages2
JournalInternational Environmental Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • Aerosol
  • Science Education
  • Doctoral Training
  • Health and Wellbeing


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