Colorado State University link College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences link College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences logo
Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences link
   CSU Home     Search CSU     CVMBS Home     Site Index     Students     RamCT  
Environmental Health Undergraduate | Graduate
Faculty | Staff
Health & Safety Consultation | HICAHS |
University | Department |


John Volckens

John Volckens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Department Head

Phone: (970) 491-6341
Fax: (970) 491-2940
Office: 153 Environmental Health Building



Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Vermont

Research Interests

Dr. Volckens lab site

Dr. Volckens' research interests include the development of methods for aerosol and air pollution measurement, combustion emissions and their associated health effects, and the development of improved diagnostic techniques for assessing human exposures to and adverse health effects of air pollution. Current research projects include the development of a lung-dose aerosol sampler for in vitro health effects research, characterization of particulate matter emissions from internal combustion engines, nanoparticle measurement, and development and application of personal, spatiotemporal exposure assessment using a combination GPS, GIS, and direct-reading instruments

Selected Publications

• Mentele, M.M., Cunningham, J., Koehler, K., Volckens, J. and C. Henry. (2012) “Microfluidic Paper-Based Analytical Device for Particulate Metals.” Journal of Analytical Chemistry. In press.

• Koehler, K.A., Van Dyke, M., Anthony, T.R., and J. Volckens (2012) “Solid versus Liquid Particle Sampling Efficiency of Three Personal Aerosol Samplers when Facing the Wind.” Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 56(2): 194-206. doi: 10.1093/annhyg/mer077

• Koehler, K.A., and J. Volckens. (2011) “Prospects and Pitfalls of Occupational Hazard Mapping: Between These Lines There Be Dragons.” Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 55(8): 829-840. doi: 10.1093/annhyg/mer063

• Thayer, D., Koehler, K.A., Marchese, A., and J. Volckens. (2011) “A Personal, Thermophoretic Sampler for Airborne Nanoparticles.” Aerosol Science and Technology. 45(6): 734-740. doi: 10.1080/02786826.2011.558943

• Clark, M.L., Bazemore, H., Reynolds, S.J., Heiderscheidt, J.M., Conway, S., Bachand, A.M., Volckens, J., and Peel, J.L. (2011) “A Baseline Evaluation of Traditional Cook Stove Smoke Exposures and Indicators of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Health among Nicaraguan Women.” International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 17(2): 113 – 121.

• Koehler, K., Anthony, T.R., Van Dyke, M., and J. Volckens, (2011) “A Rotating Bluff-Body Disc for Reduced Variability in Wind Tunnel Aerosol Studies.” Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 55(1): 86-96. doi: 10.1093/annhyg/meq078

• B.C. Fisher, A.J. Marchese, J. Volckens, T. Lee, and J.L. Collett. (2010) “Measurement of Gaseous and Particulate Emissions from Algae-Based Fatty Acid Methyl Esters.” SAE International Journal of  Fuels and Lubricants. 3:292-321

• Anthony, T.R., Landázuri, A.C., Van Dyke, M., and Volckens, J. (2010) “Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics For Design and Evaluation of a Personal High-Flow Inhalable Sampler.”  Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 54(4): 427-442. doi:10.1093/annhyg/meq029

• Rosenbaum, M., VandeWoude, S., Volckens, J., and Johnson, T. (2010) “Disparities in Ammonia, Temperature, Humidity, and Airborne Particulate Matter between the Micro-and Macroenvironments of Mice in Individually Ventilated Caging.” Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. 49(2): 177-183.

• Koehler, K., Clark, P., and J. Volckens, (2009) "Development of a sampler for total aerosol deposition in the human respiratory tract." Annals of Occupational Hygiene. doi:10.1093/annhyg/mep053

• Volckens, J., Dailey, L., Walters, G., and Devlin, R. (2009) "Direct particle-to-cell deposition of coarse ambient particulate matter increases the production of inflammatory mediators from cultured human airway epithelial cells."  Environmental Science and Technology. 43: 4595-4599. doi 10.1021/es900698a

• Adams, C., Riggs, P., and J. Volckens, (2009) "Development of a method for personal, spatiotemporal exposure assessment." Journal of Environmental Monitoring. 11: 1331-1339. doi: 10.1039/B903841H

• Clark, P., Koehler, K., and J. Volckens, (2009) "An Improved Method for Particle Deposition in Porous Foams." Journal of Aerosol Science. 40: 563-572. doi 10.1016/j.jaerosci.02.005

• Schroeder, W.G., Mitrescu, L.M., Hart, M.L. Smith, E.E., Shanley, C., Benedict, K.M., Taraba, L., Volckens, J., Basaraba, R.J., Schenkel, A. (2009) "Flexible low cost system for small animal aerosol inhalation exposure to drugs, proteins, inflammatory agents, and infectious agents." Biotechniques. 48(3): Piii-Pviii. doi 10.2144/00011289

• Bennett, M., Volckens, J., Stanglmaier, R., McNichol, A., Ellenson, W.D., and C.W. Lewis. (2008) "Biodiesel Effects on Radiocarbon Emissions from a Diesel Engine." Journal of Aerosol Science. 39 (8): 667-678. doi:10.1016/j.jaerosci.2008.04.001

• Quillen, K., Bennet, M., Volckens, J., Stanglmaier, R. (2008) "Characterization of Particulate Matter Emissions from a 4-stroke, Lean Burn, Natural-gas Engine." Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. doi:10.1115/1.2906218

• Benton-Vitz, K.B., and J. Volckens (2008) "Evaluation of the pDR-1200 Real-time Aerosol Monitor." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 5 (6): 353-359. doi: 0.1080/15459620802009919

• Volckens, J., Olson, D, and M. Hays. (2008) "Carbonaceous Species Emitted from Handheld Two-stroke Engines." Atmospheric Environment. 42 (6): 1239 - 1248. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2007.10.032

• Volckens, J., Braddock, J., Snow, R.F., and W. Crews.. (2007) "Emissions profile of new and in-use handheld, two-stroke engines." Atmospheric Environment, 41(3): 640-649. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2006.08.03

• Lewis, C., Volckens, J., Braddock, J., Crews, W., and Lonneman, W. "Absence of 14C in PM2.5 Emissions from Gasohol Combustion in Small Engines." Aerosol Science and Technology, 40:657-663, 2006.

• Volckens, J., Peters, T.P. Counting and particle transmission efficiency of the Aerodynamic Particle Sizer, Journal of Aerosol Science, 36(12): 1400-1408, 2005.

• Leith, D., Volckens, J., et al. (2003) "Control Methods for Mineral Oil Mists." Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 18 (11): 883-889.

• Volckens, J., and Leith, D. (2003) "Comparison of Methods for Measuring Gas-Particle Partitioning of Semivolatile Compounds." Atmospheric Environment, 37: 3177-3188.

• Volckens, J., and Leith, D. (2003) "Effects of Sampling Bias on Gas-Particle Partitioning of Semivolatile Compounds." Atmospheric Environment, 37: 3385-3393.

• Volckens, J., and Leith, D. (2003) "Partitioning Theory For Respiratory Deposition of Semi-Volatile Aerosols." Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 47(2): 157-164.

• Volckens, J., and Leith, D. (2002) "Electrostatic Sampler for Semivolatile Aerosols: Chemical Artifacts." Environmental Science and Technology, 36(21): 4608-4612.

• Volckens, J., and Leith, D. (2002) "Filter and Electrostatic Samplers for Semivolatile Aerosols: Physical Artifacts." Environmental Science and Technology, 36(21): 4613-4617.

• Cardello, N., Volckens, J., Wiener, R., Tolocka, M., and Buckley, T. (2002) "Performance of a Personal Electrostatic Precipitator Particle Sampler." Aerosol Science and Technology, 36: 162-165.

• Volckens, J., Boundy M., and Leith D. (2000) "Mist Concentration Measurements II: Laboratory and Field Evaluation." Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 15(4): 370-379.

• Raynor P.C., Volckens, J., and Leith D. (2000) "Modeling Evaporative Losses of Oil Mist Collected by Sampling Filters." Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 15(1): 90-96.

• Volckens, J., Boundy M., Leith D., and Hands D.(1999) "Oil Mist Concentration: A Comparison of Sampling Methods." American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal. 60: 684-689.

• Volckens, J., O'Shaughnessy P.T., and Hemenway D.R. (1998) "An Aerosol Generation System for the Production of Respirable Grain Dust." Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 13(2): 122-126.

Mailing Address
Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
1681Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: (970) 491-7038
Fax: (970) 491-2940
Email: ERHSDepartment