EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science


From drug delivery to the lungs to the transmission of disease, climate change to combustion science, new routes to materials to consumer and agricultural products, an understanding of aerosol science is crucial.


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Industrial and Academic partnerships with the CDT in Aerosol Science

What makes our CDT an excellent collaborative and multidisciplinary environment and network to be part of? How does working with Industrial Partners benefit our students’ PhD experience? What are the benefits to Academics and Industrial Partners of collaborative projects?

Listen to an Industrial Partner, Academic and students explain why being part of such a centre is so incredibly enriching.

Welcome to the CDT in Aerosol Science

Twenty students joined the third cohort of the CDT in September 2021, while our 19 students in the second cohort move to start their PhD research. With backgrounds from geography, and earth sciences to engineering, chemistry, physics, pharmacy and biological sciences, we now have three truly diverse cohorts! During their first year, our students complete training in Core Aerosol Science, Research Methods, and Professionalism and Translation, while developing their PhD research proposals.

Could you be part of our fourth cohort?  Apply by 9am on 17th January 2022 to become a member of this brilliant scientific community.

Applications Q&A event

Learn more about the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science at our online Q&A session:  Monday 6th December 2021 at 11am GMT

Aerosols and the Coronavirus

Aerosols and droplets play a critical role in the spread of COVID-19. Questions remain about the possible airborne spread of the virus, SARS-CoV-2, in small respirable size particles which people emit when they speak, cough and sneeze. The competition between sedimentation, evaporation and forward momentum in the exhaled jet from sneezes and coughs governs the transmission of the virus over shorter distances in larger droplets, contaminating surfaces.


In this short video interview with the University of Bristol, Pro Vice-Chancellor, John Iredale, CDT Director Jonathan Reid talks about some of the research underway to understand the airborne transmission of the virus.

Webinars on the latest aerosol science research

The CDT hosts research webinars from leading speakers around the world. View the full programme of webinars available to CDT partners and students on our webinars page.

Watch the first CDT webinar, presented by Dr David Topping on Machine Learning in Aerosol Science.

The training e-Portal

The training e-Portal for Core Aerosol Science covers topics such as particle size distributions; aerosol mechanics; nucleation; optical properties and electrical charge. With over 20 hours of mini lectures, extensive multiple choice problem sets to test learning, and detailed reading lists, this comprehensive collection of resources is available to students and partners. Partners can also register to attend in-person training, working on real-world aerosol science problems alongside the PhD student cohort in multidisciplinary teams.


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EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science

University of Bristol
School of Chemistry
Cantock’s Close
Bristol, BS8 1TS