Matthew MacLeod

Head of Unit
Room: V502
Phone: +46 8 674 7168

Processes & Dynamics of Environmental Pollutants

I am an environmental chemist and modeler studying factors that control human and environmental exposure to pollutants.   It is in society’s best interest to avoid pollutants that have high human and environmental exposure potential, especially if they lead to pollution that will be poorly reversible.

In my research group, we use conceptual and mathematical models to quantify exposure, and we design and interpret laboratory experiments and field studies in environmental chemistry that inform exposure assessments and modeling.  The overall goals of our research are 1) to build a quantitative and process-level understanding of factors that determine exposure to environmental pollutants, and 2) to develop practical tools and guidance that supports rational management strategies for high exposure-potential pollutants.

Recent research highlights include these cover articles:


Latest scientific papers

Outside the safe operating space of the planetary boundary for novel entities.

Persson, L.; Carney Almroth, B.; Collins, C.; Cornell, S.E.; de Wit, C.A.; Diamond, M.L.; Fantke, P.; Hassellöv, M.; MacLeod, M.; Ryberg, M.; Søgaard Jørgensen, P.; Villarrubia-Gómez, P.; Wang, Z.; Hauschild, M.Z.
2022 | Environ. Sci. Technol. | 56 (1510-1521)

The global threat from plastic pollution

Matthew MacLeod; Hans Peter H. Arp; Mine B. Tekman; Annika Jahnke
2021 | Science, 373 (6550) (61-65)

Steady-State Mass Balance Model for Predicting Particle-Gas Concentration Ratios of PBDEs

2021 | Environ. Sci. Technol. | 55 (14) (9425-9433)

Variability in Toxicity of Plastic Leachates as a Function of Weathering and Polymer Type: A Screening Study with the Copepod Nitocra spinipes

2021 | Biol. Bull. | 240 (3) (191-199)

Combining Headspace Solid-Phase Microextraction with Internal Benchmarking to Determine the Elimination Kinetics of Hydrophobic UVCBs

Suhring, R; Sjoholm, KK; Mayer, P; MacLeod, M
2021 | Environ. Sci. Technol. | 55 (16) (11125-11132)

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