Imperial College London

Dr Joseph Levermore

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Associate







Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





Dr. Levermore is a Research Associate at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Environment and Health, School of Public Health. He developed a deep interest and understanding in Toxicology, and its applications to human health, which inspired him to research the toxicological implications of an emerging airborne particulate, microplastics. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in Analytical Toxicology at the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health (Imperial and King's College London), he is now a Research Associate on the 'Plastic's Air Project: Understanding UK airborne microplastic pollution (sources, pathways, and fate) funded by NERC 2020-2023. 

Key Research Interests:

Methods of microplastic detection, characterisation, and quantification using Raman microscopy- and mass spectrometry-based techniques coupled to chemometrics;

Convolutional neural networks for vibrational spectroscopic categorisation;

Optimisation of spectroscopic techniques for airborne particulate matter categorisation; and 

Respiratory toxicology, and occupational health. 

Community Involvement, Engagement, and Participation

Joseph is also passionate about community involvement and societal engagement. His passions for such has led to the creation of the

Envirohealth Podcast with Emily Muller and Dr. Carl Desouza, and 

OfftheCurriculum - an educational charity based in South London. 



Allen D, Allen S, Abbasi S, et al., 2022, Microplastics and nanoplastics in the marine-atmosphere environment, Nature Reviews Earth & Environment, Vol:3, Pages:393-405

Batool I, Qadir A, Levermore JM, et al., 2021, Dynamics of airborne microplastics, appraisal and distributional behaviour in atmosphere; a review, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:806, ISSN:0048-9697

Levermore JM, Smith TEL, Kelly FJ, et al., 2020, Detection of microplastics in ambient particulate matter using Raman spectral imaging and chemometric analysis, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:92, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:8732-8740

Wright SL, Levermore JM, Kelly FJ, 2019, Raman spectral imaging for the detection of inhalable microplastics in ambient particulate matter samples, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:53, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:8947-8956

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