Group News

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October 2023

Congratulations to Alison, Lara, and Nathan on their paper exploring the dynamic surface tension of picolitre volume droplets just published in JACS!

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March 2024

Congratulations to Josh who has successfully passed his viva!

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October 2023

Alison's paper demonstrating that surface-area-to-volume ratio can become more important than surfactant properties in controlling the surface tensions of aerosol droplets was just published in ACS Central Science! The article is accompanied by a "First Reactions" commentary!

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October 2023

Our paper quantifying the filtration efficiency of surgical face masks is published in Aerosol Science and Technology. Congratulations to Ala, who led on this project!

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September 2023

We welcome new PhD student Nathan Croll Dawes and new postdoctoral researcher Tony Kao into the group!

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June 2023

Bryan is awarded the Marlow Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry! This prize recognizes his contributions to aerosol physical chemistry, including the surface composition of microscopic droplets, new particle formation in the atmosphere, and the physicochemical properties of respiratory aerosols.

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June 2023

Jim wins an award recognizing his teaching efforts from the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching!

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June 2023

Lara becomes the first student to pass her viva in the Bzdek Group! Congratulations, Lara!

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December 2022

Our paper on resporatory droplet emissions, a project led by Josh, has been published in Aerosol Science and Technology! This paper shows that oral articulation drives generation of the largest respiratory droplets.

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November 2022

Alison won a highly competitive Aerosol Science Career Development Grant from the UK and Ireland Aerosol Society. The grant will enable her to explore the surface tensions of sub-picolitre droplets. Congratulations, Alison!

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October 2022

Bryan had a string of good news this month. He was awarded the inaugural Juan de la Mora Prize from the American Association of Aerosol Research. This prize provides our group with a high resolution half-mini nano-differential mobility analyzer that will allow manipulation of aerosols in the 1-30 nm size range. In addition, Bryan was awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize. The prize funds will be used to catalyze a new collaborative project exploring photochemistry in droplets on ultrafast timescales.

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July 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been spending several weeks working with professional singers and musicians in London to quantify aerosol emission during singing, speaking, and breathing. The work got picked up in the news media. Click here to read more about the study!

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July 2020

Bryan was interviewed for Big Picture Science, a public radio show produced at the SETI Institute in California, about aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2. You can listen to the show here!