Gediminas "Gedi" Mainelis received the Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award for 2016 from the Air & Waste Management Association. The award, which was established in 1980, is given for distinguished achievement as an educator in some field of air pollution control. More information on the award can be found here.

Recent Publications

  1. Zhen, H.#, Krumins, V., Fennell, D.E., and Mainelis, G.* (2017). Analysis of Airborne Microbial Communities Using 16S ribosomal RNA: Potential Bias due to Air Sampling Stress, Science of the Total Environment, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.154.

  2. Savage, N., Krentz, C., Könemann, T., Han, T. #, Mainelis, G., Pöhlker, C., and Huffman, J.A.* (2017) Systematic Characterization and Fluorescence Threshold Strategies for the Wideband Integrated Bioaerosol Sensor (WIBS) Using Size-Resolved Biological and Interfering Particles, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 10: 4279-4302. Abstract.

  3.  Han, T.#, Thomas, N.#, and Mainelis G.* (2017) Design and Development of a Self-Contained Personal Electrostatic Bioaerosol Sampler (PEBS) with a Wire-to-Wire Charger, Aerosol Science and Technology, 51(8): 903-915. Abstract.

  4. Therkorn, J.#, Thomas, N.#, Scheinbeim J., and Mainelis, G.* (2017) Outdoor Field Testing of a Novel, Passive Bioaerosol Sampler using Polarized, Ferroelectric Polymer Films, Aerosol Science and Technology, 51(7): 787-800. Abstract.

  5. Calderón, L.#, Han, T.#, McGilvery, C.M., Yang, L., Subramaniam, P., Lee, K.B., Schwander, S., Tetley, T.D., Georgopoulos, P.G., Ryan, M., Porter, A.E., Smith, R., Chung, K.F., Lioy, P.J., Zhang, J., and Mainelis, G.* (2017). Release of Airborne Particles and Ag and Zn Compounds from Nanotechnology-based Consumer Sprays: Implications for Inhalation Exposure, Atmospheric Environment, 155: 85-96. Abstract.

  6. Han, T.# and Mainelis G.* (2017) Design and Development of an Electrostatic Screen Battery for Emission Control (ESBEC), Journal of Aerosol Science, 107: 74-83, doi: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2017.02.008. Abstract.

  7. Therkorn, J. #, Thomas, N.#, Calderón, L. #, Scheinbeim J., and Mainelis, G.* (2017) Designing a Passive Bioaerosol Sampler Concept using Polarized Ferroelectric Polymer Film, Journal of Aerosol Science, 105: 128-144, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaerosci.2016.12.002. Abstract.

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Training Grant in Exposure Science


Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellowships

    for the Joint Graduate Program in Exposure Science are available as part of the first ever NIEHS Training Grant in Exposure Science, PI: C. Weisel (contact) and G. Mainelis. Grant duration 2011-2021.  Click here for more information or contact Dr. Mainelis.


Current Research Grants


Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), PI: G. Mainelis, “The investigation in the characteristics of nanoparticle release from nano-enabled consumer sprays”, This project will look at the interaction of nanotechnology-enabled sprays and indoor environments.


CDC/NIOSH, PIs: G. Mainelis (Contact), T. Han
”Advanced Sampler for Measuring Exposure to Biological Aerosols", This study develops and tests an advanced sampler for biological aerosols capable of collecting and concentrating an entire sample into a droplet.


CDC/NIOSH, PIs: G. Mainelis (Contact), T. Han
"Personal Electrostatic Bioaerosol Sampler (PEBS) with High Sampling Flow Rate", This study develops and tests an advanced personal sampler for biological aerosols.


MSF, PI: C. Andrews, Co-PIs: G. Mainelis and A.M. Carlton
“Predicting Electricity Demand and Indoor Air Quality during Heat Waves. The project analyzes how heat waves affect power demand and indoor air quality. 


NIH/NHLBI, PI: T. Minko, Co-Is: G. Mainelis, K. Reuhl,  O. Garbuzenko, “Nanotechnology Approach for Inhalation Treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis.”



National Science Foundation (NSF), PI: D. Fennell, Co-PIs: G. Mainelis, L. Kerkhof
   "Air as an Active Bacterial Ecosystem”. The project investigates the microbial activity in ambient air.


National Science Foundation (NSF), PI: G. Mainelis (Dept. of Environ. Sciences), Co-PI: KiBum Lee (Engineering)
Consumer Exposure to Airborne Nanoparticles Released from Nanotechnology-Enabled Clothing”. This study investigates the release and exposure to airborne nanoparticles due to the use of nanotechnology-based clothing. 



Last modified: 12/12/2017