The Air We Breathe: Aerosols for Good and Bad

Professor Jonathan Reid
University of Bristol

17th March 2021

In collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry

Commonly, we think of aerosols as referring to spray cans used to deliver personal care products. However, an aerosol is a dispersion of any form of particulate matter in a gas phase. Aerosols not only represent one of the largest uncertainties in climate change, through their impact on clouds and radiative forcing, but they are a common vector in the transmission of disease and are a significant component of polluted air impacting on health. Indeed, there is considerable uncertainty about the role aerosols play in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in the current pandemic, the value of wearing face masks and the importance of physical distancing. Conversely, they can be used to deliver drugs to the lungs to treat respiratory diseases and provide an increasingly versatile approach to make new materials. In this talk, we will explore the unique properties of aerosols and why they are so challenging and elusive to study.

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