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Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Staff

Fu-Lin Chen

Title: Research Physical Scientist

EPA Division: Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division

EPA Branch: Exposure Measurements and Analysis Branch

Fu-Lin is responsible for PM-10 samplers test and sampler performance evaluation under controlled wind speeds (2 to 48 km/h) and particle sizes (3 to 25 micrometer) in the EPA closed loop wind tunnel. He is responsible for the remodeling of the EPA wind tunnel to 48 kilometers per hour. Fu-Lin worked on the experimental study of turbulent flow fields around aerosol sampling inlet using phase Doppler anemometer. He is the Principal Investigator of the projects listed below:

  • Near Road Exposure study: Fu-Lin is developing a PM metals characterization research plan and strategies. His role includes leading and coordinating studies and experiments, collecting integrated PM samplers for metal analysis, and interpreting research finding. This work directly supports both NERL and OTAQ research needs.
  • Traffic-Related Exposure Study in New York City: Fu-Lin is responsible for developing field data collection research plans and strategies, investigating the test sites, leading and coordinating studies and experiments, incorporating the research efforts and contributions of support scientists, interpreting overall research finding and publishing research results.
  • North Carolina Asthma, Childhood, and Environment Studies (NCACES): Fu-Lin is working on a multi-laboratory team (NERL/NHEERL/UNC-CH). He developed the field data collection research plan and strategy, conducted sample collection for 6 continuous months on an independent basis, and has performed an initial data analysis. He is responsible for taking the lead on developing a peer-review journal article associated with the findings from this effort.


  • M.S.P.H., Environmental Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1981
  • M.S., Physics, University of Louisville, 1979
  • B.S., Physics, Chung Yuan Christian College of S&E, 1973

Professional Experience:

  • Physical Scientist, USEPA. Ambient exposure study, PM research, wind tunnel sampler performance evaluation, particle generation and measurement; 1991-present
  • Aerosol Physicist, Research Triangle Institute. PM samplers test and specific performance under controlled wind speed and particle size in the EPA closed loop wind tunnel; 1982-1991

Select Awards and Honors:

  • USEPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service Near-Road Research Team, 2007
  • USEPA Teamwork Award for Near-Road Research Team, 2007
  • USEPA Exemplary Technical support Award (2006) for exemplary technical support to EPA’s research into air quality and human exposure
  • USEPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Level 1 Award (2002) for Substantial contributions and advancements to the technology of measurement of airborne, size-specific particulate matter

Select Publications:

  • Chen, Fu-Lin, Vanderpool, R., Williams, R., Dimmick, F., Grover, B., Long, R., Murdoch, R., Field Evaluation of portable and central site PM samplers emphasizing addirtive and differential mass concentration estimates. Atmospheric Environment 45 (2011)
  • Chen, Fu-Lin, Williams, R., Svendsen, E., Yeatts, K., Creason, J., Scott, J., Terrell, D., and Case, M. coarse particulate matter concentrations from residential outdoor sites associated with the North Carolina Asthma and Children’s Environment Studies (NC-ACES), Atmospheric Environment 41 (2007).
  • Heist, D.K., Tolocka, M.P., Vanderpool, R.W., Peters, T.M., Chen, F-L. and Wiener, R.W. Changes in Operating procedures for Achieving Aerosol Concentration Uniformity for PM2.5 and PM10 Sampler Testing , Aerosol Science and Technology, May 2001
  • Tolocka, M.P., Peters, T.M., Vanderpool, R.W., Chen, F-L.,and Wiener, R.W. On the Modification on the Low Flow-Rate PM10 Dichotomous Sampler Inlet, Aerosol Science and Technology, 2001

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:
Fu-Lin Chen
Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
US EPA Office of Research and Development
109 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-3791
Email: chen.fu-lin@epa.gov

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