Dr Ben Williamson
Lecturer in Applied Mineralogy
Camborne School of Mines
Ben Williamson has been involved in two areas of volcanic health hazard research:
Ben has been involved in studies carried out by Claire Horwell on respirable particulate from dome collapse eruptions on Montserrat. He has written a theoretical paper on the role of piezoelectric effects in the toxicity of silicas and is pioneering methodologies for assessing the size, shape, elemental and mineralogical properties of airborne particulate microsamples collected on filters using air pump apparatus.
Le Blond, J.S., Williamson, B.J., Horwell, C.J., Monro, A.K., Kirk, C.A. and Oppenheimer, C. 2008. Production of potentially hazardous respirable silica airborne particulate from the burning of sugarcane. Atmospheric Environment. 44, 5558-5568.
Horwell, C.J., Sparks, R.S.J., Brewer, T.S., Llewellin, E.W., and Williamson, B.J. 2003. The characterisation of respirable volcanic ash from the Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat, with implications for health hazard. Bull. Volcanol., 65, 346-362.
Williamson, B.J., Pastiroff, S., and Cressey, G., 2001. Piezoelectric properties of quartz and cristobalite airborne particulates as a cause of adverse health effects. Atmos. Env., 35, 3539-3542
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