Dr Nicola Carslaw (York University)
Most of us spend about 90% of our time inside – at home, at work, travelling, etc. Most of our exposure to air pollution (whether generated indoors or outdoors) is in the indoor environment, for example the by-products of cooking and cleaning.
Nicola Carslaw is a Reader in Air Pollution, in the Environment Department at the University of York. She specialises in using models to understand chemical processing in the indoor environment. Recent work has focused on the chemical reactions that follow cleaning activities, using both surface cleaners and commercial cleaning devices. She has also studied the impact of emissions from material surfaces, such as carpets. She is a member of the Department of Health’s Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP).
Dr Carslaw will suggest some methods for reducing our exposure to pollution indoors, and some behaviour to avoid. She will set out her views on future issues for indoor air quality.
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