Project Overview

Measurement of atmospheric aerosol

Faculty Sponsor

Anne Perring (




Particles in the atmosphere (scientifically referred to as atmospheric aerosol) are hugely important for human health and climate. The Perring lab analyzes aerosol particles sampled from outdoor air using spectroscopic as well as wet-chemical techniques. Topics of particular interest right now include primary biological aerosol (airborne bacteria, fungal spores and pollen) in Central New York and black carbon (soot) in North American Cities. The exact day-to-day activities depend on the individual project. All students will gain experience with 1) aerosol sample collection and processing, 2) modern instrumental techniques such as HPLC and fluorescence and 3) basic computer coding for data analysis. Certain projects also incorporate wet chemistry methods involved in preparing reagents, buffers and standards while others are more focused on data analysis and manuscript preparation. An individual project will be selected in collaboration with the students hired.

Student Qualifications

I welcome applications from students of all scientific disciplines. Students who have done well in Chem 101/102 or Chem 111 are especially encouraged to apply. 

Number of Student Researchers

3 students

Project Length

8-10 weeks

Applications open on 10/03/2023 and close on 02/28/2024

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