Joel Corbin

Roles and responsibilities

Team Leader at Aerosol & Gas Metrology. Our team works on measuring and understanding climate- and energy-relevant nanoparticles and gases. 

Research topics include climate-warming aerosols (e.g. soot), fundamental aerosol physics, gas sensing, PPE, and novel calibration systems.

Current research and/or projects

Ongoing work includes the development and application of calibration and measurement techniques for non-volatile particulate matter (PM), including black carbon, combustion emissions (road, aircraft, marine), and synthetic nanoparticles such as graphene.

Specific research topics: aerosol science, airborne nanoparticles, soot. mass spectrometry, nanoparticle optics. 

Example applications: air pollution, climate science, renewable fuels, nanotech, instrument development.


B.Sc. (Hons) Analytical Chemistry, University of Toronto, Canada

M.A.Sc. Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, Canada (Profs. Jonathan Abbatt and Greg Evans)

PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Prof. Ulrike Lohmann)

Postdoc, Paul Scherrer Institute Switzerland (Dr. Martin Gysel)


Ideation New Beginnings Fund, 2019-2020

Swiss National Science Foundation Grant, 2013-2016

Doctoral Thesis Award, Swiss Academy of Sciences, 2015

Aubrey Collymore Scholarship, 2005-2009

Regents In-Course Scholarship, University of Toronto 2009

University of Toronto Centre for Global Change Fellowship, 2007

University of Toronto Excellence Award, 2006

University of the West Indies Scholarship, 2005

Key publications

Corbin, J. C., Czech, H., Massabo, D., de Mongeot, F., Jakobi, G., Liu, F., … Gysel-Beer, M. (2019). Refractory, infrared-absorbing carbon in ship exhaust from heavy fuel oil combustion. Npj Atmospheric and Climate Science, (2).

Corbin, J. C., Lohmann, U., Sierau, B., Keller, A., Burtscher, H., & Mensah, A. A. (2015). Black carbon surface oxidation and organic composition of beech-wood soot aerosols. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15(20).

Corbin, J. C., Othman, A., Allan, J. D., Worsnop, D. R., Haskins, J. D., Sierau, B., … Mensah, A. A. (2015). Peak-fitting and integration imprecision in the Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer: Effects of mass accuracy on location-constrained fits. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 8(11).

Corbin, J. C., Pieber, S. M., Czech, H., Zanatta, M., Jakobi, G., Massabò, D., … Gysel, M. (2018). Brown and Black Carbon Emitted by a Marine Engine Operated on Heavy Fuel Oil and Distillate Fuels: Optical Properties, Size Distributions, and Emission Factors. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(11).

Corbin, J. C., Rehbein, P. J. G., Evans, G. J., & Abbatt, J. P. D. (2012). Combustion particles as ice nuclei in an urban environment: Evidence from single-particle mass spectrometry. Atmospheric Environment, 51.

Daellenbach, K. R., El-Haddad, I., Karvonen, L., Vlachou, A., Corbin, J. C., Slowik, J. G., … Prévôt, A. S. H. (2018). Insights into organic-Aerosol sources via a novel laser-desorption/ionization mass spectrometry technique applied to one year of PM10 samples from nine sites in central Europe. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(3).

Zieger, P., Väisänen, O., Corbin, J. C., Partridge, D. G., Bastelberger, S., Mousavi-Fard, M., … Salter, M. E. (2017). Revising the hygroscopicity of inorganic sea salt particles. Nature Communications, 8.

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Joel Corbin

Joel Corbin

Associate Research Officer
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: English
Other(s): German
Telephone: 343-573-5763


Earth Sciences, Measurement Technologies & Methodologies, Energy, Air Emissions, Liquified Natural Gas, Volatile Organic Compounds, Health, Air, Sciences, Scientific research, Transportation, Aviation, Marine