National Physical Laboratory

Paul Quincey


Paul Quincey

Paul Quincey is a Principal Research Scientist at NPL and he leads airborne particle measurement research within the Gas and Particle Metrology Group. In addition to his role at NPL, Paul is an ex officio member of Defra's Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG).

Current interests

Paul leads the science within the Chemical and Biological Metrology Programme on airborne particle measurements, including the regulated metrics for mass concentration PM10 and PM2.5, particle number concentration and size distribution, elemental carbon/organic carbon, and 'soot' type measurements such as black carbon and black smoke. Linked to this work, he is involved in many national and international collaborative measurement activities through, for example, Defra, DfT, CCQM, EURAMET and EU projects.


Paul has a BA in Physics and a DPhil in superconducting materials, both from Oxford University. He has over twenty years' experience in gas and particle metrology and standardisation. He works with Defra and the Environment Agency and is currently responsible for the scientific aspects of two major contracts for Defra: the UK Particle Network, and the UK Black Carbon Network. He has previously worked on the UK Hydrocarbon Network and the Automatic Urban and Rural Network, which monitors most regulated gas pollutants and also PM10 and PM2.5.

He is a member of the CEN working groups for ambient air measurements of PM2.5 and PM10, elemental carbon/organic carbon, and particle number concentration, and of the ISO group addressing particle size distribution and number concentration for general applications, including vehicle emissions.

Paul is a Member of Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist.

Recent publications

  • First comprehensive inter-comparison of aerosol electrometers for particle sizes up to 200 nm and concentration range 1000 cm-3 to 17000 cm-3
    Högström, Richard; Quincey, Paul; Sarantaridis, Dimitris; Lüönd, Felix; Nowak, Andreas; Riccobono, Francesco; Tuch, Thomas; Sakurai, Hiromu; Owen, Miles; Heinonen, Martti; Keskinen, Jorma and Yli-Ojanperä, Jaakko
    Metrologia, 51, pp 293–303 (2014)
  • The Future of European Urban Air Quality Monitoring
    Kuhlbusch, Thomas; Quincey, Paul; Fuller, Gary; Kelly, Frank; Mudway, Ian; Viana, Mar; Querol, Xavier; Alastuey, Andres; Katsouyanni, Klea; Weijers, Ernie; Borowiak, Annette; Gehrig, Robert; Hüglin, Christophe; Bruckmann, Peter; Favez, Olivier; Sciare, Jean; Hoffmann, Barbara; Yttri, Karl; Torseth, Kjetil; Sager, Uta; Quass, Ulrich
    Atmospheric Environment New Directions, 87, pp 258–260 (2014)
  • The relationship between black carbon concentration and black smoke: A more general approach
    Heal, Mathew R.; Quincey, Paul
    Atmospheric Environment, 54, pp 538–544 (2012)
  • Black Smoke and Black Carbon: Further investigation of the relationship between these ambient air metrics
    Quincey, Paul; Butterfield, David; Green, David; et al
    Atmospheric Environment, 45, 21, pp 3528–3534 (2011)
  • Variability of levels of PM, black carbon and particle number concentration in selected European cities
    Cristina Reche, Xavier Querol, Andrés Alastuey, Mar Viana, Jorge Pey, Teresa Moreno, Sergio Rodríguez, Yenny González, Rocío Fernández-Camacho, Ana M. Sánchez de la Campa, Jesús de la Rosa, Manuel Dall’Osto, André S.H. Prevot, Christoph Hueglin, Roy M. Harrison, and Paul Quincey
    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 13, pp 6207–6227 (2011)

Contact details

Tel: 020 8943 6788

Last Updated: 20 Jun 2016
Created: 23 Aug 2012


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