9 February 2015

Dead or Alive? Airborne Particles

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 SCI's London Group in partnership with UCL's Chemical Physical Society

UCL, London

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After an early academic career in the UK and Canada, Dr Fred Parrett started a consultancy business which included working on chemical methods of dust control and dust monitoring, and latterly airborne bacteria. Airborne Particles can be dead (dust) or alive (bioaerosols).

Dust can arise from natural sources or be man-made. The lecture will outline the sources, health implications, monitoring and control of dust. It was this work that led to the company developing and manufacturing bio-aerosol samplers. Compared to 'dust', bio-aerosols, the terms for airborne viruses, bacteria, moulds etc... are more complex, in that their monitoring and control are more difficult. Due to this, the topic is often ignored, even by microbiologists. There are sound techniques that are used and these will be described.

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Department of Chemistry
University College London
20 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AJ 
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The lecture will be preceded by tea/coffee in the Nyholm room and followed by a Mixer in the Nyholm Room.

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Dr Fred Parrett, Parrett Technical Developments