Committee

Officers

Dr Jacqui Hamilton

University of York

President

My research focuses on developing state of the art chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to study the composition of organic aerosols, a key method to understanding their formation and processing in the atmosphere.

Dr Dan McCluskey

University of Hertfordshire

Vice President

Dr Daniel McCluskey is Interim Dean of School for Physics, Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. He is responsible for the strategic leadership in engineering education, research and enterprise across the Engineering department. Daniel is an Associate Professor of Research within the School and a key point of contact with a track record in successful, multidisciplinary collaborations between Industry, Academics and Research staff across the Engineering spectrum, leading the delivery of projects with consistent success.

He joined the Microfluidics & Microengineering Research Group in 2009 with his subsequent work focussing on the rapid development of turn-key, aerosol and fluid dynamics based, integrated biodetection systems. His work typically focusses on applied engineering solutions to challenging real world environments. His current biodetection R&D projects concern integrated systems incorporating autonomous airborne pathogen collect/detect systems, sample processing &handling, real-time analysis using DNA amplification and remote reporting, with a particular emphasis on early detection of biowarfare agents for the protection of military and civilian populations.

Dr Jonathan Symonds

Cambustion - Head of the Products Division, and R&D Director at Cambustion

Treasurer

Dr Jon Symonds is head of the Products Division, and R&D Director at Cambustion in Cambridge. He holds a degree in Physics (1999) and a PhD in Chemical Physics (2003), both from the University of Cambridge. His research interests lie in the development and applications of novel aerosol instrumentation. He is a past recipient of IARA’s Fissan-Pui-TSI Award for international collaboration in aerosol science, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  He is also responsible for corporate membership at the Aerosol Society.

Dr Paul I Williams

The University of Manchester / NCAS

Education Officer

I am a Senior Research Fellow for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), based at the University of Manchester. Part of my work is as an instrument scientist for the Atmospheric Measurement & Observations Facility (AM0F), which is a support facility for NCAS providing a suite of aerosol instrumentation for use by Universities and industry alike.

My other activities include research into the physical and chemical properties of aerosol particles in our atmosphere, making measurements from sea level up to 30,000 ft. I also have an interest in aircraft particulate emissions, especially from the emerging regulatory perspective.

Dr Marc Stettler

Imperial College London

General Secretary

Dr Marc Stettler is a lecturer in Transport and the Environment in the Centre for Transport Studies and Director of the Transport & Environment Laboratory

Members

Dr. Bryan R. Bzdek

School of Chemistry, University of Bristol

Bryan Bzdek is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol and is Director of the Bristol Aerosols and Colloids Instrument Centre. His research interests include the physical and analytical chemistry of aerosols, with applications spanning atmospheric science and health. Dr Bzdek is a recipient of the Juan de la Mora Prize and the Sheldon K. Friedlander award from the American Association for Aerosol Research. In 2022, he received the Philip Leverhulme Prize. During the COVID-19 pandemic, his research altered UK government guidance in the performing arts and the NHS infection control and prevention manual. He also gave many print and radio interviews about aerosols and COVID-19 to organisations including US public radio, BBC, CBS, and CNN.

Mohsen Kazemimanesh

Senior Research Scientist in the Air Quality and Aerosol Metrology (AQAM) Group at the National Physical Laboratory

Mohsen Kazemimanesh is a Senior Research Scientist in the Air Quality and Aerosol Metrology (AQAM) Group at the National Physical Laboratory. Mohsen has more than a decade of solid background and experience in aerosol 
science and engineering. His current research focus is on the aerosol measurement science. His previous research in academia focused on wide range of aerosol topics from measurement and characterisation of harmful particle emissions (from combustion and non-combustion sources) to instrument development and useful engineered materials for energy applications.

Dr Katherine Manfred

University of York

Aerosol Optical Properties

Katherine is a NERC/DfT Independent Research Fellow based at the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories at the University of York. Her research focuses on developing new optical instrumentation to characterise aerosol particle morphology, and she is particularly interested in improving our understanding of non-exhaust road traffic aerosol.

Professor Benjamin J. Murray

University of Leeds

Professor of Atmospheric Science

Ben Murray is a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science in the University of Leeds. His research addresses questions on atmospheric aerosol and their influence on ice formation in clouds.  This involves laboratory, field and modelling studies where his group attempts to resolve which aerosol types are responsible for making ice in clouds as well as quantifying the abundance of atmospheric ice-nucleating particles.  Through working with modellers, he uses this knowledge to study the role of ice formation in clouds, with a focus on reducing uncertainty in climate projections.

Dr Rachael Miles

University of Bristol

Lecturer in Aerosol Science at the University of Bristol, and the Course Manager for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Aerosol Science

Rachael Miles (she/her) is a Lecturer in Aerosol Science at the University of Bristol, and the Course Manager for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Aerosol Science. Rachael oversees delivery of the Aerosol Science CDT training programme, as well as acting as Chair of the CDT Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitee. Rachael has a keen interest in increasing the accessibility of postgraduate research in Aerosol Science and in providing development opportunities and support to early career scientists. Rachael’s research interests focus on the physical, chemical and optical properties of aerosol particles and their applications in atmospheric science and industry.

Dr Adam Boies

University of Cambridge

Dr Adam Boies is a Lecturer in the Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery Engineering Division at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Trinity College. His research focuses on gas-phase particle (aerosol) production and characterization.

He is director of the Advanced Nanotube Application and Manufacturing Initiative, (ANAM.eng.cam.ac.uk) which seeks to enhance throughput, increase functionality and apply CNT material produced from floating catalysts for purposes of fibre spinning and mat production. Other laboratory efforts include the production of nanoparticle catalysts by means of controlling charging behaviour with applications in the automotive catalyst sector. He is a lead investigator of transportation energy and emissions within the Centre for Sustainable Freight, which focus on developing analysis tools that demonstrate achievable reductions in energy use and emissions.

Dr Janine Jordan

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

I am a Research Scientist working within the Microbiology Group at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).  Dstl provides specialist advice, services and facilities to the MoD and wider government, to maximise the impact of science and technology for the defence and security of the UK.

My area of interest is the decay of infectious biological aerosols under environmental conditions and the hazard they pose.  I joined Dstl as a graduate in 2000 after completing a Bsc Biological Sciences with Virology at The University of Warwick.  Whilst working at Dstl I completed my PhD entitled “The construction of defined mutants in Francisella species” in 2006 through the Open University.

Dr Amanda Lea-Langton

University of Manchester

Amanda Lea-Langton currently works as a Lecturer in Bioenergy Engineering at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester.

Amanda is experienced in the development of future fuels and emissions minimisation. She has a background in domestic wood burning emissions, emissions from diesel engines , and the development of sustainable technologies for transportation. Her work has involved a focus on feedstock upgrading and improved energy performance in terms of efficiency, waste products and emissions.

Her current research includes development of cleaner domestic stoves and sustainable transport solutions, and the whole system impacts including air quality and climate effects.

Dr James McGrath

NUI Galway

A postdoctoral researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway working in Dr. Miriam Byrne’s group within the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies. Graduated with a Ph.D. in 2014 at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the thesis entitled “Development of a Probabilistic Multi-Zone Multi-Source Computational Model for Indoor Air Pollution Exposure Assessment”. The model focused on overcoming the uncertainties surrounding the parameterisation of previous exposure models. The model had the ability to fully assess the distribution of air pollutants under time-varying conditions throughout residential buildings.

My current research project is a computational study that examines the implications of radon concentrations following energy efficient retrofit scenarios based on the impacts of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). Previous areas of research have incorporated thermal characteristics into the exposure model within a single computational structure. Simulating individuals’ thermal comfort and exposure to airborne pollutants, allowing an assessment of the heat loss to surroundings as a result of changes in ventilation rates.

A past recipient of the Aerosol Society’s C N Davies Award and the Aerosol Society’s Early Career Scientist travel grant which was to attend the Indoor Air 2014 Conference in Hong Kong, and the Healthy Buildings Conference in Eindhoven, 2015. Co-opted onto the Aerosol Society Committee at the Annual Aerosol Conference in Birmingham in November 2014, and elected an ordinary committee member the following year.

Dr Gary Pitcairn

Gary has extensive experience in the technical leadership of inhaled drug delivery and development in both pharma and CRO organisations.

He is a recognised expert in inhalation sciences across the industry, and current Chair of the Society’s ‘Drug Delivery to the Lungs’ (DDL) international conference.

 

Co-opted Committee Members

Professor Ben Forbes

Kings College London

Ben Forbes is Professor of Pharmaceutics at King’s College London.  He has a BPharm from King’s College London (1987) and a PhD in Drug Delivery from Strathclyde University (1996).Before doctoral studies, he worked in hospital pharmacy in London and Sydney, and for Inveresk Clinical Research in Edinburgh.  Professor Forbes was appointed to the academic staff of King’s College London in 1997.  He is a registered pharmacist in the UK.

He originated the term ‘Inhalation biopharmaceutics’ to describe the factors that influence the rate and extent of drug absorption from the lungs and has authored many publications in this area, including: (1) inhaled medicine formulation, (2) the development and application of techniques to study respiratory drug transport and metabolism, (3) respiratory toxicology/disease.

He is founder and coordinator of the APSGB ‘Drug Delivery to the Lungs’ Network, a UK-based international academia-industry-regulatory group dedicated to pre-competitive collaboration: www.apsgb.org/drugsinthelungs/

Professor Ian Colbeck

University of Essex

I have been a member of the Aerosol Society since its formation and have played an active role, including President, within the Society. I was made an honorary member in 2013.

I have written a number of books on aerosol science the most recent being “Aerosol Science – Technology and Applications”. Nowadays my research concentrates on indoor air quality, bioaerosols and the impact of nanoparticles on the environment.

I am now an Emeritus Professor and continue to be involved in aerosol research at the University of Essex.

Dr Simon Parker

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

Simon has a background in air quality, aerosol sampling and deposition from turbulent flows in a range of environments. He has worked on modelling and simulation of aerosol transport and dispersion, specialising in the built environment and enclosed spaces. In recent years he has focused on understanding and mitigating the mechanisms for virus transmission.