We have one of the largest groups of faculty addressing the sources of atmospheric particulate matter and related air pollutants, the chemical reactions they experience, and their resulting health and climate effects. Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds and cover a broad range of research activities that emphasize collaboration and interdisciplinary problem-solving.

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Peter Adams

Director, The Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Climatic effects of atmospheric particulate matter (aerosols), global and regional models of atmospheric chemistry, organic aerosol chemistry, atmospheric ammonia.

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Neil Donahue

Thomas Lord Professor in Chemistry, Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Engineering and Public Policy; Director, Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research

Physical chemistry of atmospheric free radicals. High pressure discharge flow studies of kinetics and atmospheric oxidation mechanisms. Fundamental control of reactions potential energy surfaces and reaction dynamics.

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Spyros Pandis

Research Professor, Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Atmospheric aerosol physics and chemistry. Urban and regional air quality modeling. Laboratory studies of aerosol formation, growth, and physical properties. Interactions of air quality and climate change.

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Albert Presto

Assistant Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Field measurements of pollution sources. Impacts of Marcellus Shale activities on regional air quality. Emission and atmospheric transformation of organic species from combustion sources. Secondary organic aerosol formation. Organic aerosol thermodynamics.

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Allen Robinson

Department Head and Raymond J Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Professor of Engineering and Public Policy

Energy and environmental problems, especially combustion systems and air pollution. Laboratory and field characeterization of emissions sources. Energy policy.

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Satbir Singh

Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), large-eddy simulations (LES), explicit filtering in LES, simulations of aerosol dynamics in micro environment, modeling of turbulent reacting flows, internal combustion engines, alternative fuels for combustion

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Ryan Sullivan

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering

Laboratory and field experiments exploring chemical evolution and heterogeneous reactions of atmospheric particulate matter. Cloud nucleation properties of atmospheric particles, and aerosol-cloud-climate interactions. Aerosol hygroscopicity, cloud droplet activation, and ice nucleation properties. Development of instrumentation for single-particle analysis using laser-based mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, and optical tweezers.