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Aerosols play a crucial role in a broad range of disciplines from atmospheric science to drug delivery to the lungs to the delivery of fuels for combustion. Despite their importance, our understanding of the fundamental processes that occur on aerosol particles remains limited. The Bristol Aerosol Research Centre uses optical and electrodynamic techniques to capture and manipulate single particles or arrays of particles, and optical spectroscopy to interrogate their size, composition and morphology. In particular, experiments are underway to improve our understanding of how particles response to changes in relative humidity, the heterogeneous chemical aging of particles, the optical properties of particles and the kinetics of heat and mass transfer. A holographic optical tweezing platform is also being developed to use aerosol droplets as miniature chemical reactors for performing digital microfluidic operations.
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Davies, J. F., Miles, R. E. H., Haddrell, A. E. & Reid, J. P., 28 May 2013, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 110, 22, p. 8807-8812 6 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile99 Citations (Scopus)365 Downloads (Pure)
Walker, J. S., Carruthers, A. E., Orr-Ewing, A. J. & Reid, J. P., 16 May 2013, In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. 4, 10, p. 1748-1752 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile28 Citations (Scopus)462 Downloads (Pure)
Power, R. M., Simpson, S. H., Reid, J. P. & Hudson, A. J., 1 Jun 2013, In: Chemical Science. 4, 6, p. 2597-2604 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-review130 Citations (Scopus)
A Complete Parameterization of the Relative Humidity and Wavelength Dependence of the Refractive Index of Hygroscopic Inorganic Aerosol Particles (Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 2017)
The Drying Kinetics of Salt Solution Droplets: Water Evaporation Rates and Crystallisation - J Phys Chem B (2018)
Influence of Organic Compound Functionality on Aerosol Hygroscopicity: Dicarboxylic Acids, Alkyl-Substituents, Sugars and Amino Acids