The Laboratori del Centre de Medi Ambient was created in 1981 as a collaborative entity of the Ministerio de Industria y Energía in industrial environmental issues in the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Since then, numerous activities have been developed concerning teaching, research and development, and services to private companies and public administrations. In recent times, research has been mainly focused in the development of methodologies and devices for real air quality evaluation.


The different research developments carried out at our laboratory have been focused on answering the constantly higher social demands related to air quality. Our work has focalized in: the generation of tools for odorous compounds characterization during odour episodes, the determination of the origin of odorous episodes, the characterization of organic pollution (volatile organic compounds (VOC), semivolatile organic compounds (SVOC) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH),…) in both indoor and outdoor urban areas, the manufacture of sampling devices with automatic and remote activation, the prediction of the impacts form known emission sources through numerical modelling in urban and complex orographic areas, territorial planning systems, etc…


The developed evaluation techniques have also been applied to the characterization of impacts both from chimney and diffuse emissions, the determination of pollutant emissions from materials, and the determination of the reduction efficiency of pollutants in air using solid sorbents or catalytic systems.


The developed techniques have been validated through the evaluation of the obtained results in full-scale and their publication in high impact factor journals.