David Leith



Professor (Retired) 
Environment Sciences & Engineering

David Leith’s website 
Curriculum Vitae


166 Rosenau Hall , Environmental Sciences and Engineering 
135 Dauer Drive 
Campus Box 7431 
Chapel Hill 27599 
T: 919-966-3851 
F: 919-966-7911 


1970  University of Cincinnati  BS, Chemical Engineering

1970  University of Cincinnati  MS, Chemical Engineering

1975  Harvard University  ScD, Environmental Health Sciences


ENVR 416  Aerosol Technology  Syllabus

ENVR 516  Aerosol Technology Lab  

ENVR 754  Air Pollution Control  Syllabus

 Research Interests

  • Environment (air)
  • Occupational health
  • Technology

Research Activities

My interests are in aerosol physics and in the engineering control of airborne pollutants. This work is concerned with: (1) factors that affect the generation and release of air contaminants, (2) methods to measure the concentrations and properties of air contaminants in outdoor air and indoor air, and (3) engineered methods to remove contaminants from waste gas streams.

Staff/Administrative Responsibilities

Associate Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Director, Graduate Program in Environmental Engineering

Key Publications

Whitehead, Todd and David Leith (2008) 
Passive Aerosol Sampler for Particle Concentrations and Size Distributions
Journal of Environmental Monitoring: vol.10, p.331-335.

de Bruijne, Kim, Seth Ebersviller, Kenneth Sexton, Sandra Lake, David Leith, Randall Goodman, James Jetter, Melanie Doyle-Eisele, Glenn Walters, Ruby Woodside, Harvey Jeffries and Ilona Jaspers (2009) 
Design and Testing of Electrostatic Aerosol In Vitro Exposure System (EAVES): An Alternative Exposure System for Particles
Inhalation Toxicology: vol.21, p.91-101.

Leith, David, Darrell Sommerlatt and Maryanne G. Boundy (2007) 
Passive Sampler for PM10-2.5 Aerosol
Journal of Air and Waste Management Association: vol.57, p.332-336.

Boundy, Maryanne, David Leith and Thomas Polton (2006) 
Method to Evaluate the Dustiness of Pharmaceutical Powders
Annals of Occupational Hygiene: vol.50, p.253-258.