Institute for Future


15 August 2019

The Earth's atmosphere is contaminated by many pollutants, all of which are harmful to life and the environment. The need to clean up our air for the future health of the planet is widely understood and accepted, but how do we remove these contaminants safely and efficiently?


Towards an optimised strategy for cleaner air

Our atmosphere is polluted by a number of different components, including particulate matter (PM), ozone, and NOx, all of which have detrimental effects on our health and the environment. Cleaning up our air is not straightforward and different measures are needed for the individual components. Ozone as well as the major parts of PM are secondary pollutants, so not only the primary emissions but also the emissions of the precursors and the secondary formation in the atmosphere need to be understood. 

To develop an optimised strategy for cleaner air, the involved processes as well as the health effects of the relevant components need to be known and described by appropriate models. In this Distinguished Visitor Lecture, Professor Urs Baltensperger will focus on these processes, discuss areas where conflicting goals exist and provide suggestions for future activities.



Professor Urs Baltensperger (Paul Scherrer Institute)

Urs Baltensperger is head of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, and Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He obtained his PhD from the University of Zurich in 1985 and spent one year (1989-1990) as a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology. He is interested in all processes related to the formation, transformation and sinks of atmospheric aerosols. He has published more than 450 peer-reviewed publications which received in excess of 30000 citations, and has an h-index of 86. He has been a highly cited scientist in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and received several awards, including the Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Vilhelm Bjerknes Award of the European Geosciences Union, the Fuchs Memorial Award of the International Aerosol Research Assembly, and the Spiers Memorial Award of the Royal Chemical Society.

This lecture supports IFE's research on IntelliSensing and Embracing the Digital Age.

15 August 2019 - 15 August 2019
2:30pm - 3:30pm
QUT Gardens Point
Room P-419 (The Forum), Level 4, P Block
QUT Institute for Future Environments
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Professor Urs Baltensperger (Paul Scherrer Institute)


Institute for Future Environments

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