Three-panel image. Left: engine. Middle: busy street in Delhi. Right: Beijing skyline painted red by atmospheric particles in the evening.

An aerosol is a colloidal system of solid or liquid particles suspended in air. Understanding aerosols is of exceptional importance for mankind. Aerosols are related to the largest uncertainty in scientific understanding of the climate. Further, ambient particulate matter is the most harmful form of air pollution, being responsible for over 4 million annual premature deaths worldwide. On the other hand, aerosol assisted processes are used in the fabrication of novel nanostructured materials, as well as in the administration of inhalable medicines.

About Us

The Aerosol Physics Laboratory at the Hervanta campus of Tampere University (formerly Tampere University of Technology) advances multidisciplinary science in the areas of combustion aerosols, atmospheric aerosols, nanoparticle synthesis, nanostructured coatings, and relevant measurement techniques. Our long-term vision involves the implementation of the state-of-the-art on-line mass spectrometric techniques to resolve open questions related to particle formation and chemistry in all of these areas. We have a proven record of publications in high ranked journals and patents of research inventions.

Particle floating in a chamber, illuminated by green laser light.
Particle in a chamber, photographer Paavo Heikkilä.