Richard E. Peltier

Richard Peltier
Associate Professor
175A Goessmann

Peltier Aerosol Lab


B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1997; M.P.H., Columbia University, 2001; Ph.D., Georgia Tech, 2007; Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU School of Medicine, 2007-2009

Area(s) of Specialization: 

aerosols, exposure, chemistry, measurements, fieldwork

Research Description: 

Our lab investigates the specific chemical components of ambient particulate matter that have a significant effect on human health. Our main interests revolve around applying advanced aerosol characterization methods towards understanding the mechanistic effects of these pollutants on human health. We accomplish this through a combination of novel designs and applications of instrumentation, controlled laboratory generation of aerosol, and field work throughout North America. Researchers in our lab typically have extensive interdisciplinary training in environmental engineering, atmospheric chemistry, toxicology, and/or public health. Our research is funded by the National Institute of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and several foundations. We currently have three laboratories on campus including a wet chemistry lab, an in vivo exposure facility, and an instrument fabrication facility.

Key Publications: 

Peltier, RE and Lippmann Spatial and seasonal distribution of chemical components of ambient air fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in New York City from incineration, coal combustion, and biomass burning. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology  2011 21(5) 473-483.

Peltier, RE  Cromar, KJ, Hu, J., Fan, ZH, and Lippmann, M.  Spatial and seasonal distribution of aerosol chemical components in New York City: Road dust and other tracers of traffic-generated air pollution Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 2011 21(5) 484-494.

Peltier, R.E. and Lippmann, M.  Residual oil combustion: 2. Distributions of airborne nickel and vanadium within New York City. J Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 2010: 20(4):342-350.

Peltier, R.E., Hsu, S.I., Lall, R., Lippmann, M. Residual Oil Combustion: A Major Source of Airborne Nickel in New York City. J Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 2009: 19(6): 603-612.

Docherty, K. S., Elizabeth A. Stone, Ingrid M. Ulbrich, PF. DeCarlo, David C. Snyder, Schauer, J. J., Peltier, R.E., Weber, R. J., Murphy, S. M., Seinfeld, J. H., Grover, B. D., Eatough, D. J., and Jimenez, J. L.: Apportionment of Primary and Secondary Organic Aerosols in Southern California during the 2005 Study of Organic Aerosols in Riverside (SOAR), Environmental Science and Technology, 42 (20), 7655–7662, 2008. 10.1021/es8008166.