Atmospheric Pollution Lab

Research Interests

The main focus of our research group is focused on geochemistry of particulate matter in Andalusia (Spain), the impact of traffic and industrial emissions on health, and high-resolution modelling of metals in the air.

We perform chemical analysis of ca. 50 major and minor constituents of particulate matter (PM) in samples of different aerodynamical diameter, such as coarse (PM10), fine (PM2.5) and ultrafine particles. The chemical analysis of the PM is performed after acid digestion by either ICP-AES or ICP-MS. Other parameters related to atmospheric pollution is the Organic Carbon and Elemental Carbon (OC/EC) content.

Our research interest is to recognize geochemical anomalies, quantify and identify its origin to implement mitigation methods. We also investigate new tracers in air quality, highlighting at industrial areas. The statistical treatment of the data allows to identify pollution sources and their contribution affecting the air quality

In addition to total metal content of the samples, our research group also performs speciation analysis in PM which allows to distinguish between the different oxidation states of elements related to human health, such as arsenic and antimony. The speciation methodology employed combines liquid chromatography with atomic/mass detectors (AFS, ICP-MS). This speciation studies are applied also to other types of environmental samples apart from PM, such as water, soils and biota, and also industrial samples. Other research activities are related to the geochemistry of petroleum and coal.



Source contribution and origin of PM10 and arsenic in a complex industrial region (Huelva, SW Spain). M. Millán-Martínez, D. Sánchez-Rodas, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, A. Alastuey, Q. Querol, J. de la Rosa. Environ. Pollut., 2021.  (in press).

The geochemical evolution of brines from phosphogypsum deposits in Huelva (Spain) and its environmental implications. N.R. Lieberman, M. Izquierdo, P. Córdoba, N.Moreno, X. Querol, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, O.Font, H. Cohen, Y. Knop, R. Torres-Sanchez, D. Sánchez-Rodas, C. Muñoz-Quiros, J.D. de la Rosa. Sci.Tot. Environ. 2020, 700, 134444. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134444

Hazardous trace elements in thoracic fraction of airborne particulate matter: Assessment of temporal variations, sources, and health risks in a megacity. O. Ramírez, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, D. Sánchez-Rodas D, J.D. de la Rosa. Sci. Tot. Environ. 2020,71, 136344. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.136344

Increased industry contribution and atmospheric heavy metals from economic recovery in Spain. C. Hao, B. Chen, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, J.D. de la Rosa. J. Clean. Prod. 2020, 246, 119024. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.119024

Long term geochemical variation of brines derived from a major phosphogypsum pond of SW Europe. R. Torres-Sánchez, D. Sánchez-Rodas, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, J.D. de la Rosa. J. Environ. Manage. 2020, 254,109832. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109832

Hydrogen fluoride concentrations in ambient air of an urban area based on the emissions of a major phosphogypsum deposit (SW, Europe). R. Torres-Sánchez, D. Sánchez-Rodas, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, J.D. de la Rosa. Sci. Tot. Environ. 2020, 714, 136891. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136891

2009-2017 trends of PM10 in the Legendary Riotinto Mining District of SW Spain. A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, D. Sánchez-Rodas, G. Márquez, E. Romero, J. de la Rosa.  Atmos. Res. 2020, 238, 104878. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.104878

Geochemistry and source contribution of fugitive phosphogypsum particles in Huelva, (SW Spain). R. Torres-Sánchez, D. Sánchez-Rodas, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, K. Kandler, K. Schneiders, J.D. de la Rosa. Atmos.  Res. 2019, 230, 104650. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2019.104650

Chemical composition and source apportionment of PM10 at an urban background site in a high–altitude Latin American megacity (Bogota, Colombia).O. Ramírez, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, F. Amato, R.A. Catacolí, N.Y. Rojas, J. de la Rosa. Environ. Pollut. 2018, 233: 142-155. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.10.045

Short-term effects of ultrafine particles on daily mortality by primary vehicle exhaust versus secondary origin in three Spanish cities. A. Tobías, I. Rivas, R. Reche, A. Alastuey, S. Rodríguez, R.  Fernández-Camacho, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, J. de la Rosa, J. Sunyer, X. Querol. Environ. Int. 2018, 111,144-151. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.11.015

Characterization of biomass burning from olive grove areas: a major source of organic aerosol in PM10 of Southwest Europe. A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, P. Salvador, R. Fernández-Camacho, B. Artiñano, E. Coz, G. Márquez, D. Sánchez Rodas, J.D. de la Rosa. Atmos. Res. 2018, 199, 1-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2017.07.032

Air quality trends in an industrialised area of SW Spain. A. M. Sánchez de la Campa, D. Sánchez-Rodas, L. Alsioufi, A. Alastuey, X. Querol, J.D. de la Rosa, J. Clean. Prod. 2018, 186, 465-474. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.122

2005–2014 trends of PM10 source contributions in an industrialized area of southern Spain. J. Li, B. Chen, la Campa A.M.S. de la Campa, A. Alastuey, X. Querol, J.D. de la Rosa. Environ. Pollut. 2018, 236, 570-579. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.01.101

Antimony speciation as geochemical tracer for anthropogenic emissions of atmospheric particulate matter. D. Sánchez-Rodas D, L. Alsioufi, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, Y. González-Castanedo. J. Hazard. Mat., 2017, 324B, 213-220.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.10.051

Analytical approaches for arsenic determination in air: A critical review. D. Sánchez-Rodas, A.M. Sánchez de la Campa, L. Alsioufi. Anal. Chim.,Acta. 2015, 898, 1-18. DOI:10.1016/j.aca.2015.09.043


Daniel A. Sánchez-Rodas Navarro
Professor of Analytical Chemistry

Diploma in Chemistry – Universidad de Sevilla (1992)
Doctor in Chemistry – Universidad de Huelva (1997)
Pre-Doctoral Researcher – Universität Siegen, Germany (1992-1993)
Pre-Doctoral Researcher – PS Analytical Ltd, Orpington, United Kingdom (1996)
Post-Doctoral Researcher – Syddansk Universitet, Odende, Denmark (2000)
Profesor Ayudante Doctor – Universidad de Huelva (1998-1999)
Profesor Contratado Doctor – Universidad de Huelva (2000-2008)
Profesor Titular- Universidad de Huelva (2008-2016)
Catedrático – Universidad de Huelva (desde 2016)

Gonzalo Márquez Martínez
Senior Lecturer (Prof. Titular)

Diploma in Chemistry – Universidad de Sevilla (1991)
Master in Geochemistry – Universidad Central de Venezuela (2008)
Doctor in Chemistry – Universidad de Sevilla (2000)
Profesor Asociado – Universidad de Huelva (2005-2006)
Profesor Colaborador – Universidad de Huelva (2006-2008)
Profesor Contratado Doctor – Universidad de Huelva (2008-2011)
Profesor Titular – Universidad de Huelva (desde 2011)

Ana M. Sánchez de la Campa Verdona
Senior Lecturer (Prof. Titular)

Diploma in Geology – Universidad de Huelva (2000)
Doctor in Chemistry – Universidad de Huelva (2004)
Post-Doctoral Researcher – Universidad de Aveiro, Portugal (2006-2008)
Post-Doctoral Researcher – Estación Experimental del Zaidin, CSIC, Granada, (2008-2011)
Profesora Ayudante Doctor – Universidad de Huelva (2019)
Profesora Contratado Doctor – Universidad de Huelva (2019-2021)
Profesora Titular de Universidad – Universidad de Huelva (2021-present)

Carlos Boente López
Postdoc (Junta de Andalusia Fellow)
February 2021-February 2024
María Luisa Avilés Martín
Raquel Torres Sánchez
Postdoc (Margarita Salas Fellow)
Adrián Zafra Pérez
PhD Student
Mª de la Cinta Marcelino Pozuelo

Educational Background

B.Sc. Geology, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain, 1988
Ph.D. Geology, Universidad de Sevilla, 1992
Ph.D. Advisor: Antonio Castro
Predoctoral research: University of Saint Andrews (UK) (1991-1992)
Predoctoral advisor: Ed Stephens
Postdoctoral research: University of Glasgow (UK) (1992-1997)
Postdoctoral advisor: Graeme Rogers

Professional and University Appointments

Vice-Rector of Research, University of Huelva (2010-2013)
Manager of the Research Central Laboratory and Research, University of Huelva (2006-2010).
Vice-Rector of Research, University of Huelva (2010-2013).
Manager of KTT Office, University of Huelva (2017-2019).
Senior Researcher of the “Geology and Environmental Geochemistry RNM-347” research group (2007-2013).
Head of the Associated Unit of the National Research Council of Spain-University of Huelva (CSIC-UHU) “Atmospheric Pollution” (since 2007)

Membership in Professional Societies

Sociedad Española de Mineralogía
Sociedad Geológica de España

Biographical Sketch

Jesús Damián de la Rosa Díaz was born in Huelva (Spain) in 1965. He received a B.Sc. in Geology from the Universidad de Sevilla in 1988. He spent a pre-doctoral research period at the University of Saint Andrews (UK). He obtained a Ph.D. in Geology in 1992 at the University of Seville. His postdoctoral research was performed at the University of Glasgow (UK), between 1992-1997. He started an appointment as Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Huelva (1998) and continued his professional career at the University of Huelva, where he has been promoted several times until the current position of Professor in Geology (2016).

Prof. Jesús de la Rosa’s work is devoted to the Petrogenesis and Geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks of the Iberian Massif, Argentina and Norway, and Geochemistry of atmospheric aerosols and atmospheric pollution in Andalusia (Spain).