Bristol Aerosol Research Centre

Light scattering by aerosol in the atmosphere impacts visibility and climate

Research at the Bristol Aerosol Research Centre (BARC) is focussed on improving our understanding of the physical and chemical properties of aerosols at a single particle level. Aerosols play important roles in a broad range of disciplines including atmospheric science, the delivery of drugs to the lungs, the formation of structured micro- and nano-particles, and combustion science.

We use advanced techniques to capture and manipulate individual particles, 400 nm to 100 μm in diameter, using light or charge and probe processes occuring on timescales spanning from microseconds to days.

World-class facilities

BARC is based in recently refurbished laboratory and office space in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol,one of the largest chemistry departments in the United Kingdom and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in both teaching and research.

Collaborations with other researchers at Bristol in colloid science, molecular science and atmospheric chemistry are complemented with collaborators around the UK and internationally.

What are aerosols?

Aerosols are solid particles or liquid droplets dispersed in a gas. They influence health, visibility, and climate and are used in the delivery of drugs to the lungs, the fabrication of nano-structures in spray drying, and the delivery of fuels.

The research group

BARC is made up of researchers from the UK, Canada, the US, South Korea, Italy and Spain. 

Find out about joining BARC.


  • Congratulations to Dr Bryan Bzdek who has been awarded the Friedlander award by the American Association of Aerosol Research. 26 October 2017.
  • Welcome to Malcolm Kittle and Natalie Armstrong Green who join the group to as PhD students and Lara Lalemi who is a final year project student. 28 September 2017.

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