Thomas Peters, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.


Campus address: S331 CPHB

Primary department: Occupational & Environmental Health

Interdisciplinary program(s): Human Toxicology

Research description: Dr. Peters develops novel sampling methods that he then applies to understand and control aerosols in the workplace and the environment. In recent projects, He has developed methods to assess airborne engineered nanomaterials apart from background aerosols through activity monitoring with direct-read instruments and computer-controlled single-particle electron microscopy of collected particles. He also has developed passive sampling techniques to investigate the variability in composition of coarse particles in the atmosphere. Dr. Peters holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Peters has worked in aerosol research for 20 years. He has evaluated real-time aerosol measurement devices, developed aerosol generators used in EPA human exposure facilities, investigated turbulence effects on coarse filters, and evaluated size selectors used in chemical speciation samplers. Dr. Peters was involved in the development of EPA’s National Ambient Air Quality Standard for particulate matter under 2.5 µm (PM2.5); during this time, he was responsible for developing and testing PM2.5 sampling hardware, conducting field tests, and drafting portions of the Code of Federal Regulations. He has published numerous papers on the subject of assessing exposures to nanoparticles in workplaces and has recently developed a new chapter entitled “Engineered Nanomaterials” in Patty’s Industrial Hygiene.

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