Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Quality at the University of Colorado

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Overview

Boulder is arguably one of the world's centers in the fields of Atmospheric Chemistry & Air Quality Research, thanks to the high concentration and quality of faculty and researchers at the University of Colorado (CU), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory ESRL, plus the added critical mass from researchers at nearby Colorado State University (CSU) and the University of Denver (DU) .

This page attemps to summarize the opportunities available to beginning graduate students (and postdocs) at the University of Colorado.

Paths to a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Quality at CU Boulder

There are three main paths to a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado with research in the areas of atmospheric chemistry & air pollution:

CU Faculty Carrying Out Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Quality Research

File:fac_Avallone.jpg Linnea M. Avallone
Associate Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1993
Interests: Stratospheric and tropospheric halogen chemistry,
field studies, instrumentation and cloud processes.
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File:fac_Bierbaum.jpg Veronica M. Bierbaum
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1974
Interests: Development of new techniques in physical and organic chemistry
and their application to studies of gas phase ion chemistry.
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File:fac_Daily.jpg John W. Daily
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., Stanford University, 1975
Interests: Biomass gasification, wild land fire chemistry, MEMS for propulsion,
optical cancer detection, laser diagnostics of reacting flows, combustion.
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File:fac_Hannigan.jpg Michael Hannigan
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., Caltech, 1997
Interests: Characterization of air pollution, impact of air quality on health,
energy links to air quality.
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File:fac_Helmig.jpg Detlev Helmig
Associate Research Professor, INSTAAR
Ph.D., University of Duisburg, 1989
Interests: Surface-atmosphere interactions, atmospheric chemistry and transport,
atmospheric measurements, polar chemistry, oceanic gas fluxes.
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File:Henze.jpg Daven K. Henze
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., Caltech, 2007
Interests: Aerosols and air quality, climatology and atmospheric chemistry,
adjoint sensitivity analysis, data assimilation and remote sensing.
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File:fac_Hynes.jpg James T Hynes
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1969
Interests: Theoretical chemistry, relaxation problems; reactions in solution,
interfaces, and in biomolecules, solvationdynamics.
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File:fac_Jimenez.jpg Jose-Luis Jimenez
Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D., M.I.T, 1999
Interests: Atmospheric particle characterization (e.g., composition, size distributions,
particle morphology), aerosol climatology, advanced aerosol instrumentation.
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File:fac_Milford.jpg Jana B. Milford
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1988
Interests: Photochemical air quality modeling, source apportionment of air pollution,
air quality management.
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File:fac_Miller.jpg Shelly L. Miller
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996
Interests: Indoor air quality, engineering controls for air pollutants,
aerosols and bioaerosols, source apportionment methods.
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File:fac_Ravishankara.jpg A. R. Ravishankara
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry; NOAA CSR Director
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1975
Interests: Climate change (greenhouse effect), and regional air quality,
and stratospheric ozone changes.
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File:fac_Tolbert.jpg Margaret Tolbert
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D., Caltech, 1986
Interests: Heterogeneous atmospheric chemistry, focusing on the chemical,
physical and optical properties of atmospheric particulate.
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File:fac_Toohey.jpg Darin Toohey
Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1988
Interests: Kinetics, spectroscopic, and field measurements of atmospheric trace species;
fast-response in situ instrumentation.
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File:fac_Toon.jpg Brian Toon
Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975
Interests: Radiative transfer; cloud physics; atmospheric chemistry;
parallels between Earth and the terrestrial planets.
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File:fac_Vaida.jpg Veronica Vaida
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D., Yale, 1977
Interests: Spectroscopy and photoreaction dynamics of
atmospheric molecules, their complexes and films at the water-air interface.
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File:fac_Volkamer.jpg Rainer Volkamer
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ph.D., Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, 1996
Interests: Laboratory investigations of heterogeneous chemistry, instumentation,
field campaigns, organic aerosol.
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NOAA and NCAR Atmospheric Chemists who often advise PhD students from CU-Boulder

File:fac_deGouw.jpg Joost de Gouw
Senior Scientist, NOAA ESRL and CIRES
Ph.D., University of Utrecht, 1994
Interests: Emissions, chemistry and loss processes of organic carbon in both the gas
and particle phases, measurements of volatile organic compounds.
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File:fac_Fried.jpg Alan Fried
Senior Scientist, NCAR ESSL
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Interests: Developing new spectroscopic instruments for airborne measurements
of trace gases, processes and transformations related to hydrocarbon oxidation
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File:fac_Guenther.jpg Alex Guenther
Senior Scientist, NCAR ACD
Ph.D., Washington State University, 1989
Interests: Biosphere-atmosphere interactions, trace gas and aerosol flux
measurements and modeling, biogenic emissions, ecosystem uptake.
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File:fac_Madronich.jpg Sasha Madronich
Senior Scientist, NCAR ACD
Ph.D., York University, 1982
Interests: Modeling and interpretation of atmospheric observations,
tropospheric photochemistry, ultraviolet radiation, pollution export, biosphere impacts.
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File:fac_Smith.jpg Jim Smith
Research Scientist II, NCAR ACD
Ph.D., Caltech
Interests: Ultrafine particles in the atmosphere,
biosphere / atmosphere exchange facility.
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Table of Faculty and Researchers, Sortable by Interests and Affiliations

In alphabetical order by last name, with key to main areas of research. See below for key to abbreviations.
Faculty Member CU Department and/or Research Institute G A C HC EM U Tr St CM Lab F F-A ID Sat Th
Avallone, Linnea ATOC & LASP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Bierbaum, Veronica Chemistry 1 1 1 1 1
Daily, John W. Mechanical Eng. 1 1 1 1 1
Fall, Ray Chemistry 1 1 1 1 1
Gille, John C. ATOC & NCAR 1 1 1 1
Hannigan, Michael P. Mechanical Eng. 1 1 1 1 1 1
Helmig, Detlev ATOC & INSTAAR 1 1 1 1 1 1
Henze, Daven K. Mechanical Eng. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Hynes, James T. Chemistry 1 1 1 1 1 1
Jimenez, Jose-Luis Chemistry & CIRES 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Milford, Jana B. Mechanical Eng. 1 1 1 1 1 1
Miller, Shelly L. Mechanical Eng. 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ravishankara, A. R. Chemistry & NOAA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Solomon, Susan CIRES & NOAA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Tolbert, Margaret A. Chemistry & CIRES 1 1 1 1 1 1
Toohey, Darin ATOC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
O. Toon, Brian ATOC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Vaida, Veronica Chemistry 1 1 1 1
Volkamer, Rainer Chemistry & CIRES 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Key to research areas:

  • By phase
    • G: gas-phase species and kinetics
    • A: Aerosols
    • C: Clouds
    • HC: Heterogenous chemistry
  • By location in the atmosphere
    • EM: Characterization of emissions sources (gases and/or aerosols)
    • U: Urban areas
    • Tr: Troposphere
    • St: Stratosphere
  • By research technique
    • CM: Computational modeling
    • Lab: Laboratory experiments
    • F: Field experiments
    • F-A: Field experiments from aircraft
    • ID: Instrument development
    • Sat: Satellite instrument development and/or data analysis
    • Th: Theoretical atmospherical chemistry

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