25 October 2013

Along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Leicester City Council, the University of Leicester is opening a purpose-built air quality monitoring station with a range of state-of-the-art equipment for measuring both gaseous and aerosol air pollutants to better assess the impact of small particles on human health.

Forming part of the automatic urban and rural network (AURN), the station combines statutory and research measurements and will provide data for compliance reporting against the Ambient Air Quality Directives.

Commenting on value of the station in terms of research data, Professor Paul Monks, of the University of Leicester’s Department of Chemistry said: “Air quality remains a critical problem to human health. At the University of Leicester, we are undertaking research to aid our understanding of air pollution and to work towards solutions to reduce the harmful effects.

“This new air quality monitoring station will provide unheralded insights for our researchers, particularly into small particles and their effects on human health.”