Imperial College London

Dr Tuan Vu

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Senior Air Quality Scientist

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Dr Tuan Vu is a senior air quality scientist at Imperial College London. His research has focused on better understanding air pollution and its impacts on human health & climate change. He is also interested in numerical analysis & applied statistics/machine learning for air quality modelling. He is currently working on human exposure modelling in the Air Pollution Modelling team (Environmental Research Group).

Previous Academic Roles:

Senior air quality scientist, King’s College London, UK, 2019-2020

Research fellow, University of Birmingham, UK, 2016-2019

Marie Curie early researcher, University of Birmingham, UK, 2013-2016

Key Projects:

NERC grant, “An Air Pollution Exposure model to integrate protection of vulnerable groups into the UK Clean Air Programme” (role: key researcher): £1.4m, 2019-22

NERC grant, “Quantitative attribution of secondary organic aerosol in Beijing to its precursors” (role: proposal writer & key researcher): £273k, 2019-21

NERC grant, “Sources and emissions of air pollutants in Beijing” (key researcher): £1.4m, 2016-20

H2020, EU grant “Human exposure to aerosol contaminants in modern microenvironments” (ECR fellowship): £413k, 2013-16

Selected publications:

  1. Wu, X., Chen, C., Vu, T.V., Liu, D., Baldo, C., Shen, X., Zhang, Q., Cen, K., Zheng, M., He, K., Shi, Z., Harrison, R.M. Source apportionment of fine organic carbon using receptor modelling at a rural site of Beijing: Insight into seasonal and diurnal variation of source contribution. Environ. Poll. (2020)
  2. Zhang, Y., Vu, T.V, Sun, J., He, J., Shen, X., Lin, W., Zhang, X., Zhong, J., Gao, W., Wang, Y., Fu, T.M., Ma, Y., Li, W., Shi, Z. Significant changes in chemistry of fine particles in wintertime Beijing from 2007 to 2017: impact of clean air actions. Environ.Sci.Technol. (2019)
  3. Vu, T.V., Shi, Z., Cheng, J., Zhang, Q., He, K., Wang, S., Harrison, R.M. Assessing the impact of Clean Air Action Plan on Air Quality Trends in Beijing Megacity using a machine learning technique. Atmos. Chem. Physics. (2019).
  4. Vu, T.V., Harrison, R.M. Chemical and physical properties of indoor air pollutants, Indoor Air Pollution, Royal Society of Chemistry (2019) (a book chapter).
  5. Vu, T.V., Zauili-Sajani, S., Poluzzi, V., Harrison, R.M. Factors controlling the lung dose of road traffic-generated sub-micrometre aerosols from outdoor into indoor environments. Air Qual. Atmos. Health 11, 615-625 (2018).
  6. Vu, T.V., Zauli-Sajani, S., Poluzzi, V., Delgado-Saborit, J.M., Harrison, R.M. Loss processes affecting sub-micrometre particles in a house heavily affected by road traffic emissions. Aerosol Sci. Tech. 51, 1201-1211 (2017).
  7. Vu, T.V., Ondráček, J., Ždímal, V., Delgado-Saborit, J.M., Harrison, R.M. Physical properties and lung deposition of particles emitted from five major indoor sources. Air Qual. Atmos. Health 10, 1-14 (2017).
  8. Masiol, M., Harrison, R.M., Vu, T.V., Beddows, DCS. Sources of sub-micrometre particles near a major international airport. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 17,12379-12403 (2017).



Vu TV, Stewart GB, Kitwiroon N, et al., 2022, Assessing the contributions of outdoor and indoor sources to air quality in London homes of the SCAMP cohort, Building and Environment, Vol:222, ISSN:0360-1323, Pages:1-8

Van D-A, Vu TV, Nguyen T-HT, et al., 2022, A Review of Characteristics, Causes, and Formation Mechanisms of Haze in Southeast Asia, Current Pollution Reports, Vol:8, ISSN:2198-6592, Pages:201-220

Wu X, Vu TV, Harrison RM, et al., 2022, Long-term characterization of roadside air pollutants in urban Beijing and associated public health implications, Environmental Research, Vol:212, ISSN:0013-9351

Srivastava D, Vu TV, Tong S, et al., 2022, Formation of secondary organic aerosols from anthropogenic precursors in laboratory studies, Npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, Vol:5, ISSN:2397-3722

Srivastava D, Xu J, Vu TV, et al., 2021, Insight into PM2.5 sources by applying positive matrix factorization (PMF) at urban and rural sites of Beijing, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol:21, ISSN:1680-7316, Pages:14703-14724

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