This research focuses on the short-lived chemical species that are generated by the interaction of light with aerosol particles that are similar to those found in the troposphere. One goal of the work is to determine the conditions that promote the growth of organic aerosol particles through photochemistry. These secondary organic aerosol particles influence climate through their effects on the Earth's radiation balance. Another goal of the work is to understand the role of solvated electrons in atmospheric photochemistry. This research is expected to lead to a better understanding of the processes that contribute to the secondary aerosol effect in climate and help scientists to forge improved predictive models.
The students should have completed either CHEM 101/102 or CHEM 111.