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Working towards a vision of pollution-free urban and rural environments, our focus is to understand the impact of both conventional and emerging air pollutants from transport, industrial and non-vehicle sources, air quality, public health and the built infrastructure.

We are looking at developing engineering driven solutions and regulatory strategies for their mitigation by means of advanced measurements and modelling techniques.


Key aims

  • To understand the impact of air pollutants on the quality of life and the built environment
  • To develop internationally-validated engineering-driven solutions
  • To underpin regulatory strategies
  • To set the agenda for future research.

Our approach

  • Carry out fundamental research
  • Capitalise on emerging technologies
  • Develop and use advanced modelling tools
  • Undertake advanced monitoring
  • Acquire high-quality robust data
  • Disseminate widely and effectively.

What we are researching

Particulate matter

  • Aerosols
  • Ultrafine particles
  • Nanoparticles
  • Engineered nanoparticles.

Indoor and outdoor air pollution

  • Sources
  • Processes
  • Emissions
  • Dispersion
  • Exposure assessments.

Natural environment

  • Biogenic
  • Wildfire
  • Other naturally occurring phenomena leading to significant impact on rural/urban environments.

Interfaces of air pollution

  • With energy
  • Water
  • Urban growth
  • Transportation
  • Built infrastructure
  • Nanotechnology.

Built environment

  • Green infrastructure
  • Green or grey infrastructure interactions
  • Air pollution impacts on built infrastructure.

Cities and megacities

  • Low-cost sensing
  • Energy-pollution nexus
  • Emission modelling.


  • Noise
  • Pollutants for global climate (e.g. CO2 and CH4).

Smart cities

  • Environmental sensing
  • Urban mobility
  • Transport accessibility.


We have created some resources to assist researchers and people from non-technical backgrounds to understand how much pollution surrounds us and how to help make this planet a cleaner place to live.

Graphs from our research

Contact us

Find us

Global Centre for Clean Air Research
Thomas Telford building
University of Surrey