I am a senior research scientist working within the Atmospheric Chemistry group based at the new Space Park Leicester campus. My research expertise lies in the measurement small molecular weight compounds from both the environment and biological systems, using techniques such as two-dimensional gas chromatography coupled mass spectrometry (GCxGC-MS) and proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS).
I also have extensive experience in air quality monitoring and run the University of Leicester equipment at the DEFRA air quality station based at main campus where, alongside the legislated pollutants, we measure the levels of the especially health relevant ultra-fine particles and black carbon. I have a particular interest in the impact of exposure to poor air quality on health with a focus on volatile organic compound (VOC) exposure, and also the potential use of VOCs as novel biomarkers for disease diagnosis and stratification.
R.L. Cordell, R.P. Panchal, E. Bernard et al. (2021) Volatile Organic Compound Composition of Urban Air in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria. Atmosphere, 12 (10), pp. 1329. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos12101329
W. Ibrahim* R.L. Cordell* M.J. Wilde et al. (2021) Diagnosis of COVID-19 by exhaled breath analysis using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. ERJ Open Research, 7 (3), pp. 00139. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00139-2021
K.P. Wyche, R.L. Cordell, M.L. Smith et al. (2020) The spatio-temporal evolution of black carbon in the North-West European ‘air pollution hotspot'. Atmospheric Environment , 243 , pp. 117874. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117874
R. Peltrini, R.L. Cordell, W. Ibrahim et al. (2020) Volatile organic compounds in a headspace sampling system and asthmatics sputum samples. J Breath Res, 15 (2). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1752-7163/abcd2a
R.L. Cordell, T.S.E. Valkenburg, H.C. Pandya et al. (2018) Quantitation of salbutamol using micro-volume blood sampling - applications to exacerbations of pediatric asthma. J Asthma, 55 (11), pp. 1205. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02770903.2017.1402341
G. Burgos-Barragan, N. Wit, J. Meiser et al. (2017) Mammals divert endogenous genotoxic formaldehyde into one-carbon metabolism. Nature, 548 (7669), pp. 549. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/nature23481
R.L. Cordell, M. Mazet, C. Dechoux et al. (2016) Evaluation of biomass burning across North West Europe and its impact on air quality. Atmospheric Environment, 141 , pp. 276. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.06.065