Hugo Destaillats

Environmental Chemistry


Staff Scientist, and
Deputy Group Leader

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Energy Technologies Area

Indoor Environment Group Physical Chemistry,
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1998

Last update: November 2014


Article in Environ. Sci. Technol.:

"Inhalable constituents of thirdhand tobacco smoke: Chemical characterization and health impact considerations"

M. Sleiman, J.M. Logue, W. Luo, J.F. Pankow, L.A. Gundel, H. Destaillats.
Environ. Sci.Technol., 2014, in press.

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Article in J. Phys. Chem. Lett.:

"Chemistry of NOx on TiO2 surfaces studied by ambient pressure XPS: products, effect of UV irradiation, water and coadsorbed K+"

O. Rosseler, M. Sleiman, V.N. Montesinos, A. Shavorskiy, V. Keller, N. Keller, M.I. Litter, H. Bluhm, M. Salmeron, H. Destaillats.
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2013, 4, 536-541.

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Article in PNAS:

"Formation of carcinogens indoors by surface-mediated reactions of nicotine with nitrous acid, leading to potential thirdhand smoke hazards"

M. Sleiman, L.A. Gundel, J.F. Pankow, P. Jacob III, B.C. Singer and H. Destaillats.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2010, 107, 6576-6581.

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Cover article in Environmental Health Perspectives
featuring our work
Environ. Health Perspect, 2011, 119, A70-A74.
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“Thirdhand tobacco smoke: emerging evidence and arguments for a multidisciplinary research agenda”
G. E. Matt, P. J. E. Quintana, H. Destaillats, L. A. Gundel, M. Sleiman, B.C. Singer, P. Jacob III, N. Benowitz, J. Winickoff, V. Rehan, P. Talbot, S. Schick, J. Samet, Y. Wang, B. Hang, M. M. Green, J. Pankow, M. Hovell.
Environ. Health Perspectives, 2011, 119, 1218-1226.
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I am interested in the links among environmental chemistry, human health and the energy efficiency of the built environment. Current research efforts are aimed at:

1) understanding fate, transport and elimination of indoor pollutants
2) preventing human exposure to toxic environmental contaminants
3) mitigating the urban heat island effect
4) developing new technologies and materials for a more sustainable built environment.


“Soiling of building envelope surfaces and its effect on solar reflectance — Part II: Development of an accelerated aging method for roofing materials”
M. Sleiman, T.W. Kirchstetter, P. Berdahl, H.E. Gilbert, S. Quelen, L. Marlot, C.V. Preble, S. Chen, A. Montalbano, O. Rosseler, H. Akbari, R. Levinson and H. Destaillats.
Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 2014, 122, 271-281.
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“Key parameters influencing the performance of photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) air purification under realistic indoor conditions”
H. Destaillats, M. Sleiman, D. P. Sullivan, C. Jacquiod, J. Sablayrolles, L. Molins.
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2012, 128, 159-170.
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“Quantitative room-temperature mineralization of airborne formaldehyde using manganese oxide catalysts”
M. Sidheswaran, H. Destaillats, D.P. Sullivan, J. Larsen and W.J. Fisk.
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2011, 107, 34-41.
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"Efficiency of clay-TiO2 nanocomposites on the photocatalytic elimination of a model hydrophobic air pollutant"
D. Kibanova, J. Cervini-Silva and H. Destaillats. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2009, 43, 1500-1506.
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“Effect of ozone on nicotine desorption from model surfaces: evidence for heterogeneous chemistry”
H. Destaillats, B.C. Singer, S.K. Lee and L.A. Gundel.
Environ. Sci. Technol. 2006, 40, 1799-1805.
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“Indoor secondary pollutants from the use of household products in the presence of ozone. A bench scale study”
H. Destaillats, M.M. Lunden, B.C. Singer, B.K. Coleman, A.T. Hodgson, C.J. Weschler and W.W. Nazaroff.
Environ. Sci. Technol. 2006, 40, 4421-4428.
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“Synergistic effects on sonolysis combined with ozonolysis for the oxidation of azobenzene and methyl orange”
H. Destaillats, A. J. Colussi, J. M. Joseph and M. R. Hoffmann,
J. Phys. Chem. A 2000, 104, 8930-8935.
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Contact information

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