Project Overview

Characterization of Reactive Transients in Heterogeneous Atmospheric Photochemistry

Faculty Sponsor

Ephraim Woods (




The goal of the project is to study short-lived chemical species that are generated by the interaction of light with aerosol particles which are similar to those found in the troposphere. One type of experiment will probe the formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) through the reactive uptake of volatile organic molecules (VOCs). The goal of this work is to understand how the structure and morphology of the air-particle interface influences the kinetics of this newly identified SOA formation mechanism. Another experiment characterizes solvated electrons in environments that are unexplored and not accessible through other experiments. Students participate by collecting and analyzing data, contributing to published articles, and, in some cases, presenting their work at conferences.

Student Qualifications

The position requires at least one year of chemistry coursework (CHEM 101/102 or CHEM 111).

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/03/2021 and close on 03/22/2021

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