News - 2014

October 28th 2014

Biral release for sale the commercial aerosol optical tweezers instrument that has been under development for 15 months, supported by an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award. Conventional aerosol instruments rely on taking snapshots of the characteristics of a single particle at a single point in time and preclude the study of any time-dependent processes. By trapping particles in the focus of a laser beam, the AOT-100 allows many different parameters to be studied continuously over times that vary from milliseconds to hours. The objective in developing the design has been to retain as many of the established principles as possible while making the instrument a readily usable tool that can be easily operated by non-specialists. The design has also made the AOT-100 as compact as possible given the size of the constituent components and the optical path lengths required. Professor Reid said: "It has been exciting to see the evolution of a laboratory based research instrument into a versatile and accessible tool for studying aerosols over the last 10 years. I hope that many future users will gain significant insights into aerosol processes using this technique." See the press release here.

September 29th 2014

Aleks Marsh and Rose Willoughby join the group as postgraduate students. Aleks studied for her undergraduate degree and the University of Bristol and Rose at the University of Reading.

August 4th 2014

Bryan Bzdek joins the group as a post-doctoral research assistant. Bryan completed his PhD at the University of Delaware, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Murray Johnston. He will work on the recently funded EPSRC project to examine interparticle interactions and coalescence using holographic optical tweezers.

July 29th 2014

Bernie Mason successfully defends his PhD thesis to become Dr. Bernie Mason.

July 31st 2014

JPR receives news that a 3 year grant from the NERC has been awarded on the topic of "Diffusion and Equilibration in Viscous Atmospheric Aerosol". This is a collaborative project with Dr. David Topping (University of Manchester) and Dr. Jacqui Hamilton (University of York). The project will examine the factors that determine the slow kinetic response in chemical composition of aerosol in ultraviscous and glassy states, and to determine the importance of viscous aerosol in governing the composition of atmospheric aerosol. The grant will support a post-doctoral researcher for 3 years.

June 25th 2014

Rory Power successfully defends his PhD thesis to become Dr. Rory Power.

May 15th 2014

James Davies successfully defends his PhD thesis to become Dr. James Davies.

May 6th 2014

Grazia Rovelli joins the research group for a year as a visitor. Grazia is studying for a PhD at the Milano-Bicocca University, Italy, and is funded as an Erasmus Placement trainee.

February 3rd 2014

JPR receives news that a 3 year grant from the NERC has been awarded on the topic of "Reducing the Uncertainties in Aerosol Hygroscopic Growth". This is a collaborative project with Prof. Simon Clegg (UEA) to examine approaches for characterising the hygroscopic growth of aerosol, the surface tensions of activating droplets and the co-condensation kinetics of organic vapours. The grant will support a post-doctoral researcher for 3 years.

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