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Aerosol Research Activities at the University of Jordan
Wednesday, 21. March 2018, 01:15pm

The next INAR seminar will be on Wednesday 21st March at 13:15 in Physicum E204. Note the different day and time to usual! The seminar will be given by Tareq Hussein who is a visiting professor at the University of Helsinki. The title of the seminar is " Aerosol Research Activities at the University of Jordan". The abstract is below.

Tareq Hussein
Aerosol Research Activities at the University of Jordan

Before 2010, atmospheric research activities were conducted on a small scale and limited time periods. This was due to the fact that the research was mainly conducted by researchers not directly related to this field. In fact, we are less than six researchers in Jordan that are considered experts in this field of Aerosols and Atmospheric Science. Since 2010, when I started at the University of Jordan, I have been active in promoting the importance of research activities related to Aerosols in general, and specifically Indoor and Urban Air Quality. During 2010 – 2013, the teaching curricula at the Department of Physics adopted two courses: (1) Environmental Physics and (2) Renewable Energy Resources that made a big change in Physics B.Sc. students and attracted them to learn more about the impacts and health effects of air pollution. In addition, the content of a university-level course was modified to expose the students from all faculties to the importance of the research on air pollution. In the meanwhile, several negotiations to fund small projects by the Deanship of Academic Research at the University of Jordan were successful to start a long-term on campus campaign (2013 – 2018) to measure the particle number size distribution of large aerosols (0.3 – 10 µm). This project was also supported by the national Scientific Research Fund Support (Ministry of Higher Education) to upgrade the measurements so that it included the particle number size distribution of fine aerosols (0.01 – 0.45 µm). Via other small projects it was also possible to include portable aerosols instruments, high volume samplers (PM2.5 and PM10), and a gravimetric analysis setup. The international collaboration, especially with the University of Helsinki, has been valuable in the development and establishment of the “Atmospheric Research Laboratory (AtmosLab)”. For example, intensive measurement campaigns were conducted to investigate aerosols characteristics on a large-scale (mobile measurement), floor dust contamination, and dew water quality. The research activities at the AtmosLab has not been only limited to experimental methods, but it also included modeling and development of data analysis tools. For example, a Detailed Personal Exposure Model was developed with a close collaboration with Lund University. Currently there are two M.Sc. students and two Ph.D. students doing research in relation to air pollution and health effects. So far, seven M.Sc. students were graduated in addition to six research assistants were trained at the AtmosLab. The total funding amounts received has been more than 200 k€ and currently there is a negotiation on a 220 k€ project for Indoor Aerosols Characterization.

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