Professor Peter Adams Receives Fulbright Award-Civil and Environmental Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Professor Peter Adams Receives Fulbright Award

Prof. Peter Adams will receive a Fulbright Award to study atmospheric organic chemistry in Bologna, Italy during the 2011-2012 academic year. His visit will be hosted by Dr. Cristina Facchini of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the Italian National Research Council (ISAC-CNR).

The Fulbright proposal is entitled “Global Implications of Emerging Organic Aerosol Chemistry” and builds on the atmospheric modeling and analytical chemistry expertise of Drs. Adams and Facchini. Dr. Facchini’s research has pioneered the application of the 1H NMR technique to measure the functional groups of organic species found in atmospheric particles. Recently, this work showed that the oceans are a major source of atmospheric organic particulate matter and can be used to identify chemical fingerprints that distinguish sources of atmospheric organics including biomass burning, marine emissions, and atmospheric oxidation. During his visit, Prof. Adams will work to understand the implications of these findings for global climate, test global models of atmospheric chemistry, and look for clues in the 1H NMR data about organic chemistry that is still poorly understood.