Bristol Aerosol Research Centre

Exhaled aerosols and disease transmission

Atmospheric aerosols, air quality and climate

Particle design and fabrication

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

We use advanced advanced techniques to manipulate and characterise individual particles to study their optical, chemical and biological properties, through to more conventional tools to study exhaled aerosol that can carry microorganisms or drugs for delivery to the lungs.

A group of students from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science, discussing their research Doctoral Training Centre

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science is a collaboration between 7 UK universities and approximnately 60 industrial and public sector partners.

Hosted by the School of Chemistry and led by BARC, the CDT aims to train the next generation of graduates in aerosol science. Register with the CDT to hear the latest news and access the unique e-training portal for aerosol science.

aerosol optical tweezers Research at BARC

Research underway at BARC includes studies of respiratory aerosol and disease transmission, the physicochemical and optical properties of atmospheric aerosol, the formulation of drugs for inhalation therapeutics, and the fabrication of microparticles by processes such as spray drying. 

Members of the Bristol Aerosol Research Centre on a zoom call The BARC Team

BARC researchers come from the UK, Canada, the US, Spain, China,...

Our PhD students and post-doctoral researchers have backgrounds in chemistry, physics, engineering, the life sciences and pharmacy.

Find out about joining BARC.

Professor Jonathan Reid In News...

29th December 2021. Jonathan Reid contributes to the 2021 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, broadcast by the BBC. In lecture 2, The Perfect Storm, Jonathan shows how much aerosol we exhale, potentially transmitting viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. See the University twitter feed

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