We have built up a scientific program that is recognised internationally through a high publication rate in reputable international journals, visits by scholars from around the world to the facility, and invitations to our key researchers to address international conferences and participate in international initiatives.

A significant amount of our research is devoted to vehicle emission measurements. To measure particle physical properties and particle chemical properties in these emissions we designed a specialised sampling line which assesses steady-state emissions. Research in this area has been carried out with industry partners such as BP, Brisbane City Council and Ford and focused on different aspects of vehicle emissions.

Other developments we are responsible for include the Trailing Exhaust Plume Sampler (TEPS). This is a highly flexible technique and provides a means to rapidly acquire emissions data for large numbers of vehicles at a relatively low cost.

Expert witness

In Australia, both the Queensland State and the Federal government and non-government organizations regularly seek the expertise of this facility. To request expert advice from our team, please contact us.

Our research focuses on the complex, interdisciplinary field of air quality and its impacts on human health, with a specific focus on fine, ultrafine and nano particles. Our broad research areas cover:

  • air quality, exposure and risk assessment
  • association between asthma and fine particles
  • bioaerosols
  • characterisation of emissions from motor vehicles and vehicle emission factors
  • deposition of particles in the human respiratory tract
  • emission of particles and gaseous pollutants from urban traffic
  • emissions from biomass burning
  • indoor residential and workplace exposure to particles
  • instrumentation and measuring techniques
  • modelling of particles and gaseous pollutants behaviour
  • organic and inorganic chemistry of particles and gaseous pollutants
  • particle morphology
  • articles and gaseous pollutants in ambient urban air: modelling and monitoring
  • particles in hospital environment
  • pathway analysis
  • performance of nebulisers for drug treatment
  • photochemical haze
  • effects of ventilation and filtration on particles
  • theory of particles and gaseous pollutants interaction and transport