Laboratory of Atmospheric Pollution


Spyridon Rapsomanikis, Ph.D., Professor(
Konstantinos Kourtidis, Ph.D., Professor (
Glykeria Loupa, Ph.D., Assoc. Professor (director of the Lab) (


Laboratory of Atmospheric Pollution and of Control Engineering of Atmospheric Pollutants,
Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Vas. Sofias 12, 67100 Xanthi, GREECE

Tel.: +30-25410-79380
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FAX: +30-25410-79379



Learning objectives of all taught courses:
I. Monitoring and assessment of air pollution with state of the art instrumentation, in field studies or in the laboratory.
II. Monitoring and analysis of data concerning the biogeochemical cycles, detecting consequences of the Climate Change.
III. Analysis and interpretation of the data related to air pollution, the weather and climate.
IV. Application of models for the dispersion of the air pollutants, weather and climate forecast.
V. Monitoring and analysis of data of micro-meteorological data for urban and agriculture applications.
VI. Monitoring of the Urban Heat Island, interpreting the results through the micro-meteorology, simulations and suggestions for atmospheric quality improvement strategies for cities.
VII. Monitoring, assessment and management of indoor air quality in private and public indoor environments, as well as occupational safety and health issues.
VIII. Monitoring, assessment and management of industrial emissions.
IX. Understand and describe the consequences of Climate Change on the environment and on human health.
X. Developing critical thinking when working in the complex environmental issues.

Το Laboratory of Atmospheric Pollution and of Control Engineering of Atmospheric Pollutants is part of the Department of Environmental Engineering, of Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. The laboratory closely collaborates with other university departments and organizations in environmental studies, in the country and in other countries, dealing with national and international problems of the atmospheric environment. The personnel of the laboratory is involved in teaching Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Doctorate level courses.


Scientific aims of research endeavours:
– The determination of atmospheric pollution levels in cities and rural environments.
– Transboundary atmospheric pollution loads and global air pollution.
– Greenhouse gases relation to global and local climatology.
– Aerosol optical and physico-chemical properties and their relation to direct and indirect climate forcing.
– Global biogeochemistry
– Remote sensing
– Indoor Air Quality: monitoring, modeling and management. Risk assessment of indoor air pollutants.
– Occupational safety and health.
– Atmospheric electricity, electric and magnetic fields in the environment


The laboratory is equipped with numerous state of the art instruments like:
– a nephelometer,
– a sun tracking photometer,
– an atmospheric pressure ionisation mass spectrometer for direct analysis of the atmosphere,
– a VG Trio GC-MS with a Turbo-matrix Thermal desorber
– a gas sampling automated GC-FID,
– a DIONEX ion chromatograph,
– 2 high volume impactors with PM10 heads,
– 2 high volume dichotomous virtual impactors,
– a 3-d directional sonic anemometer,
– a permeation device gas diluter,
– numerous low volume filter packs and denuders,
– a high precision balance and a suit of laboratory hardware and glassware.
– Instrumented 30 m flux tower at 40o 53′ 22.47″ N by 24o 51′ 00.43″ E to determine:
+ Momentum, Sensible Heat, Latent Heat, CO2, CH4 and H2O fluxes utilizing the eddy-covariance method and
+ Momentum, Sensible Heat, Latent Heat, Hg, CO2, CH4 and H2O fluxes utilizing the gradient and the variances methods.
– Cavity Ring Down Spectrometer with 10Hz sampling rate for the greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and H2O.
– Gaseous Hg analyser with detection limit of 5ng m-3
– Particle size analyser for number concentrations for diameters from 4 nm-10,000 nm
– High Resolution magnetic sector GC- DFMS.
– High Resolution ultra high pressure liquid chromatography coupled to MS/MS UHPLC-MS/MS
– High energy, wavelength dispersive XRF for 99 elements in liquid or solid samples.
– weather stations with remote data transfer.
– a microclimatic station,
– a sound analysis spectrometer,
– a zirconium O2 analyser
– a RAMON radon monitor
– an AUTOMESS 61590 AD4 radiation dose rate meter with an alpha-beta-gamma probe
– a MicroTOPS Ozone water vapor monitor and UV photometer
– a CS110 electric field sensor

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