Air monitoring station
The station started operating in July 1995 and was officially opened by the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Tom Barton, MLA on December, 14 1995. Monitoring conducted since then at the research station has resulted in a unique database of of particle size distribution in the size range from nanometer to about 30 micrometers.
The bioaerosol unit conducts experiments on biological aerosol particles, their transport, viability and re-dispersion processes. Our newly developed Wet Aerosol Investigation Rig (WAIR) has attracted international interest and we’re now working with researchers from the University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Ben-Gurion University.
This unit also has close links to the School of Life Sciences and their Microbiological unit at QUT and with organisations such as the Animal Research Institute working on several ongoing projects looking at bioaerosol spread in animal housing.
Chemical analysis unit
The Chemical Analysis Unit is equipped with specialist equipment for organic and inorganic chemistry. Through inductively coupled plasma mass-apectrometry and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry we are afforded the unique capability to monitor trace metal concentrations in environmental aerosol matrices. A range of analytical balances are also employed for gravimetric analyses of the total suspended solid in vehicle and stack emission studies and ambient/indoor air monitoring.
Gas chromatographt )GC) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) with a range of detectors (FID, MS, UV, Fluorescence) allows for the speciation of non-methane hydrocarbons, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs) in environmental samples.
We also employ pH Meters to facilitate the determination of the alkalinity and acidity of aerosols.