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Charles E. Rodes

Senior Fellow, Aerosol Exposure

Charles E. Rodes, PhD, is an expert in aerosol exposure who advises the Aerosol Exposure and Biomass Cookstove Grand Challenge Programs at RTI. He has conducted health-based aerosol exposure research since 1992 (with 23 years previously at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and works with epidemiologists and the medical community to optimize associative studies linking exposures with adverse outcomes. He currently serves as the exposure expert on particulate matter for EPA's Board of Scientific Councilors and is leading research to develop asthma aerosol trigger sensors for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Rodes served as chair of an expert panel advising the Department of Homeland Security on disaster response exposure issues, as well as an invited participant in health/exposure working groups for the National Institutes of Health and the Global Alliance for Cleaner Cookstoves. He is the lead developer for RTI's MicroPEM™ personal exposure platform, and a peer reviewer for five technical journals and the author of over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. In 2010, he was selected by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in UNC's Gillings School of Global and Public Health for their Distinguished Alumnus Award.


PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; MS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University; BS, Chemical Engineering, Clemson University.

Latest Publications

Clark, M.L., Peel, J.L., Balakrishnan, K., Breysse, P.N., Chillrud, S.N., Naeher, L.P., Rodes, C.E., et al. (2013). Health and Household Air Pollution from Solid Fuel Use: The Need for Improved Exposure Assessment. Environmental Health Perspectives, 121 (10):1120-1128.
Rodes, C.E., Chillrud, S.N., Haskell, W.L., Intille, S.S., Abinali, F., & Rosenberger, M. (2012). Predicting adult pulmonary ventilation volume and wearing compliance by on-board accelerometry during personal level exposure assessments. Atmospheric Environment, 57 :126-137.
Lawless, P., Thornburg, J., Rodes, C., & Williams, R. (2012). Personal exposure monitoring wearing protocol compliance: An initial assessment of quantitative measurement. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, 22 (3):274-280.
Rodes, C.E., & Thornburg, J.W. (2012). Breathing zone exposure assessment, Chapter 1. In Ruzer, L.S. & Harley, N.H. (Eds.), Aerosols Handbook: Measurement, Dosimetry, and Health Effects, 2nd Ed. . Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
Williams, R., Jones, P., Croghan, C., Thornburg, J., & Rodes, C. (2012). The influence of human and environmental exposure factors on personal NO2 exposures. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, 22 (2):109-115.
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