Characterisation and Source Apportionment of Carbonaceous Aerosols in Ireland

Characterisation and Source Apportionment of Carbonaceous Aerosols in Ireland

Researcher Names: Eimear Heffernan, Dr Stig Hellebust

Email: eimear.heffernan@umail.ucc.ie

Telephone number: 021-4901963

Funding Body: UCC & EPA

Project type (PhD, post-doc, etc): PhD

Period: October 2017 – October 2021

 

Project description: 

Carbonaceous aerosol accounts for a large portion of the ambient aerosol across Europe. Its sources can be both natural and anthropogenic; the latter increasing dramatically in recent years with economic and industrial growth, along with the ever escalating global population. Carbonaceous aerosols impact the atmospheric radiative balance, climate change and regional air quality while also adversely affecting human health. It is, therefore, key to determine the relative contribution of combustion sources; making use of either fossil fuels, such as road traffic, or biomass burning, such as domestic solid fuel and wood burning.

This research aims to identify and quantify such sources using a number of thermal, optical, chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques to ensure that steps can be taken towards heightening public awareness of air-quality related issues and developing efficient abatement strategies.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork

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