University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology

Tom Durbin

Research Engineer


Tom Durbin is a Research Engineer in the fuel and emissions research group at CE-CERT. He is conducting research in the area of vehicle emissions with an emphasis on studying fuels, advanced vehicles, and particle and in-use emissions. This research includes programs to understand the emissions impacts of various alcohol fuels, including ethanol and butanol, biodiesel, natural gas, as well as specific fuel properties such as sulfur content, ethanol, content, aromatics content, and olefin content in gasoline. Dr. Durbin served as the lead researcher in a collaborative study of biodiesel emissions with the California Air Resources Board that is one of the largest studies in this area to date. Dr. Durbin is also studying the emissions rates, physical nature, composition and potential health impacts of particle emissions, as well as different methods to measure particles including low level mass methods, methods being used in Europe, and methods based on particle size. Dr. Durbin has also been involved in research to characterize in-use emissions from construction equipment and heavy-duty trucks with laboratory grade measurements as well as with portable emissions measurement systems (PEMS). Dr. Durbin has also done extensive research in understanding ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions and has participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Prior to joining the vehicle emissions group, Dr. Durbin was involved in several other areas of research at CE-CERT including renewable energy and fuel sources and advanced vehicle technologies. Tom Durbin received his doctorate degree in Physics from the University of California, Riverside, in 1994 where the primary focus of his dissertation was the study of Si films and solid lubricants.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Center for Environmental Research & Technology
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Riverside, CA 92507
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