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Dr Darpan Das



Dr Darpan Das is a lecturer at Department of Environment and Geography at University of York. Darpan holds a PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from  Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India.

After his PhD, Darpan worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, USA, and later as an Exposure Scientist at Institute of Occupational Medicine, UK. Darpan works in the broad area of indoor air quality.

His area of expertise includes physical and chemical characterization of aerosols generated in indoor environments. Darpan has worked on the assessment and mitigation of pollution from various indoor sources - cookstoves to e-cigarettes.

He has also been part of several projects assessing the impact of ventilation as an intervention on indoor air quality. He has been part of multi-disciplinary teams engaged in numerous exposure assessment and epidemiological studies in the US, India, UK, Nepal and Bangladesh.

His work has been published in several reputed journals- Environmental Science and Technology, Building and Environment, Biomass and Bioenergy, Environmental Research and Atmospheric Pollution Research.  He is also on the reviewer board of several reputed journal.

His current research interests lie in the use of a combination of low-cost sensors and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model for spatio-temporal mapping of pollutants in complex micro-environments.

He has used mass balance models - well mixed model, near-field far model in the past for ventilation assessment and is interested to use these models along with eddy diffusion and CFD models to predict inhalation exposure for diverse set of pollutant. Darpan is also interested in the utilization of biomass and 'waste' for energy by the use of physio-chemical transformation pathways.


I am interested to hear from PhD candidates, looking forward to work in the area of air pollution; particularly in the area of exposure assessment of stressors/ pollutants, indoor air pollution, traffic related air pollutants.

Potential candidates interested to work in the area of waste to energy conversion using the thermo-chemical conversion pathway are also encouraged to apply. Prospective candidates will use a combination of measurement and modeling techniques to address a diverse set of air quality challenges.


Selected publications


  1. Rajeev, P., Shukla, P.C., Singh, G.K., Das, D. and Gupta, T., 2023. Assessment of entrainment of key PAHs emanating from major combustion sources into the ambient air. Fuel, 347, p.128430. 
  2. Meme, H., Amukoye, E., Bowyer, C., Chakaya, J., Das, D., Dobson, R., Dragosits, U., Fuld, J., Gray, C., Hahn, M. and Kiplimo, R., 2023. Asthma symptoms, spirometry and air pollution exposure in schoolchildren in an informal settlement and an affluent area of Nairobi, Kenya. Thorax. 
  3. Das, D., Babik, K.R., Moynihan, E. and Ramachandran, G., 2022. Experimental studies of particle removal and probability of COVID-19 infection in passenger railcars. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, pp.1-22. 
  4. Das, D., Qadri, A., Tak, P. and Gupta, T., 2022. Effect of processing on emission characteristics of coal briquettes in cookstoves. Energy for Sustainable Development, 69, pp.77-86.
  5. Das, D., Alam El Din, S.M., Pulczinski, J., Mihalic, J.N., Chen, R., Bressler, J., Rule, A.M. and Ramachandran, G., 2022. Assessing variability of aerosols generated from e-Cigarettes. Inhalation Toxicology, pp.1-9. 
  6. Das, D., Moynihan, E., Nicas, M., McCollum, E.D., Ahmed, S., Roy, A.D., Chowdhury, N., Hanif, A.A., Babik, K.R., Baqui, A.H. and Ramachandran, G., 2021. Estimating residential air exchange rates in rural Bangladesh using a near field-far field model. Building and Environment, 206, p.108325. 
  7. Das, D., & Ramachandran, G. (2021). Risk analysis of different transport vehicles in India during COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental research, 199, 111268. 
  8. Gupta, A., Naved, M.M., Kumbhare, H., Bherwani, H., Das, D. and Labhsetwar, N., 2021. Impact assessment of clean cookstove intervention in Gujarat, India: a potential case for corporate social responsibility (CSR) funding. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 28(10), pp.12740-12752. 
  9. Das, D., Dutta, S., Bhandarkar, U. and Sethi, V., 2019. Assessment of carbonization of coal as a potential strategy to reduce emissions for domestic applications. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 10(6), pp.1745-1754. 
  10. Das, D., Bhandarkar, U. and Sethi, V., 2019. Influence of the inclusion of ignition stage emissions in the development of emission factors for coal cookstoves used in India. Environmental science & technology, 53(6), pp.3149-3156. 
  11. Madav, V., Das, D., Kumar, M., Surwade, M., Parikh, P.P. and Sethi, V., 2019. Studies for removal of tar from producer gas in small scale biomass gasifiers using biodiesel. Biomass and Bioenergy, 123, pp.123-133. 


  1. Basinas, I., Brooker, F., Das, D., McElvenny, D.M., Pearce, N., Galo, V. and Cherrie, J.W., 2023. O-134 Exposure assessment for sub-concussive head impacts among former English professional football players: results from the HEADING study
  2. Das, D., Matharu, A., Briers, H. and Carslaw, N., 2023. Potential of Waste to Generate Heat at a Domestic Scale (No. EGU23-3450). Copernicus Meetings. 
  3. Babik K., Das D., Ramachandran G., Assessment of Aerosol Transport and Ventilation Systems in Public Transit Rail Cars Under Static and Dynamic Conditions, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Dallas, TX, USA (24–26 May, 2021).
  4. Das D. and Ramachandran G., Performance Evaluation of a Low-Cost Air Quality Sensor over a Wide Concentration Range, 32nd Annual Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), Washington DC, USA (24-27 August, 2020)
  5. Das D., Alam El Din S., Pulczinski J., Mihalic J., Chen R., Bressler J., Rule A., Ramachandran G., Assessment of the Variability in Aerosols Generated from e-Cigarettes, International Society of Exposure Science (ISES), Oakland, California, USA (20-24 September, 2020)
  6. Babik K., Das D., Shao Y., Ramachandran G., Using Variations of the Well-Mixed Room (WMR) Model to Assess Chemical Exposures, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Atlanta, USA (1-3 June, 2020)
  7. Das D., Dutta S., Bhandarkar U. and Sethi V. Study of Raw and Processed Coal for Reducing Cookstove Emissions, 25th National Conference on I.C. Engines and Combustion, NITK Surathkal, (15- 17 December, 2017)
  8. Das D., Bhandarkar, U. and Sethi, V. Study of Coal Gasification for Potential Applications in Cook Stoves, Indo-German Conference on Sustainability, IIT Madras (27th- 28th February, 2016)
  9. Das D., Kedare S. B., Bhandarkar U. and Sethi V. Development of Emission Factors for Coal Cook Stoves Used in India, American Geophysical Union Conference, San Francisco, California, USA (12th -16th December, 2016)
  10. Das D. Bhandarkar, U. and Sethi, V. Studies on Development of Coal based Cook Stoves. 2015 Third International Conference ‘Green Health’, Mumbai (20th – 22nd February, 2015)

Contact details

Dr Darpan Das
Department of Environment & Geography
University of York
Y010 5NG