Ryan Sullivan-Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Ryan SullivanRyan Sullivan

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry

When to call: Sullivan develops real-time instrumentation to study the chemical evolution of individual particles. These techniques are applied in laboratory and field experiments to determine the environmental impacts of atmospheric particulate matter, such as released from fossil fuel combustion and biomass burning, with a focus on how particles change the properties of clouds and the planet's climate.

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By understanding the properties of individual water particles in the clouds, explains Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry Ryan Sullivan, we can better predict the onset of severe storms, floods, and droughts—and even human-influenced climate change.