Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Matthew Coggon

Research Interests

My research is focused on understanding the emissions and chemical transformation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Earth's atmosphere. Specifically, I evaluate and quantify anthropogenic and natural emissions that lead to the formation of hazardous pollutants, such as ozone and secondary organic aerosol. I measure VOCs using a state-of-the-art proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometer, which we deploy on aircrafts and mobile laboratories to measure the emissions from various sources. So far, we've targeted emissions from wildfire plumes, concentrated animal feed lots, oil and natural gas development, vehicle tailpipes, populated urban centers, and forested regions of the Western U.S.

Current Research

  • Evaluate the oxidation of biomass burning VOCs and impacts on ozone and SOA formation.
  • Measure, characterize, and quantify the VOC fingerprint of emissions from common consumer products.

Honors and Awards

  • CIRES Visiting Fellowship
  • CO-LABS Governer's Award for High Impact Research (Honorable Mention)