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Dr Mathew Heal

Dr Mathew Heal
Reader in Environmental Chemistry
Room 286

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road

0131 650 4764

Research Interests: 
Field and laboratory measurements of atmospheric trace species concentrations and fluxes. Urban air quality and the impacts on health.

Our research group, in collaboration with many other colleagues, uses a combination of field measurements and modelling to investigate atmospheric composition, surface-atmosphere fluxes, and air pollution, and the impacts of these on the terrestrial environment and on human health. Current areas of research include:

  • Airborne particulate matter and NO2 measurement method validation and inter-comparison, and the measurement and modelling of small-scale spatial and temporal variations in urban air pollution for estimating human exposure;
  • Characterization of airborne particulate matter to determine its sources and atmospheric chemical evolution, and for application to epidemiological and toxicity studies;
  • High-resolution modelling of atmospheric chemistry, with particular focus on ozone and particulate matter, to understand current and potential future impacts on the atmosphere and on human exposure and health burdens;
  • Measurement of the concentrations and surface fluxes of volatile organic compounds (including methyl halides) from terrestrial systems such as wetlands, salt marshes, woodlands and bioenergy crops;
  • Speciation of organic nitrogen compounds in rainwater and in the gas and particle phases, and the relationship with dissolved and gaseous/particulate inorganic nitrogen
Environmental analysis and sampling equipment

Heal, M.R. and Hammonds, M.D. (2014) Insights into the composition and sources of rural, urban and roadside carbonaceous PM10, Environmental Science & Technology 48, 8995-9003.

Vieno, M., Heal, M.R., Hallsworth, S. et al. (2014) The role of long-range transport and domestic emissions in determining atmospheric secondary inorganic particle concentrations across the UK, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics 14, 8435-8847.

Malley, C.S., Braban, C.F. and Heal, M.R. (2014) The application of hierarchical cluster analysis and non-negative matrix factorization to European atmospheric monitoring site classification, Atmospheric Research 138, 30-40.

Copeland, N., Cape, J.N., Nemitz, E., Heal, M.R. (2014) Volatile organic compound speciation within and above a Douglas Fir Forest, Atmospheric Environment 94, 86-95.

Heal, M. R., Heaviside, C., Doherty, R. M., Vieno, M., Stevenson, D. S., Vardoulakis, S. (2013) Health burdens of surface ozone in the UK for a range of future scenarios, Environment International 61, 36-42.

Hardacre, C.J. and Heal, M.R. (2013) Characterisation of methyl bromide and methyl chloride fluxes at temperate freshwater wetlands, Journal of Geophysical Research 118, 977-991, doi:10.1029/2012JD018424.

Beverland, I.J., Robertson, C., Yap, C., Heal, M.R., Cohen, G. et al. (2012) Comparison of models for estimation of long-term exposure to air pollution in cohort studies, Atmospheric Environment 62, 530-539.

Heal, M.R. and Quincey P. (2012) The relationship between black carbon concentration and black smoke: a more general approach, Atmospheric Environment 54, 538-544.

Sánchez Jiménez, A., Beverland, I.J., Heal, M.R. (2012) Correlations of particle number concentrations and metals with nitrogen oxides and other traffic-related air pollutants in Glasgow and London, Atmos. Environ. 54, 667-678.

Heal, M.R., Naysmith, P., Cook, G.T., Xu, S., Raventos Duran, T., Harrison, R.M. (2011) Application of 14C analyses to source apportionment of carbonaceous PM2.5 in the UK. Atmospheric Environment 45, 2341-2348.