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Environmental/Atmospheric Chemistry

Environmental & Atmospheric Chemistry focuses upon understanding natural and anthropogenic emissions to the atmosphere, the transport, chemical and physical transformations of atmospheric constituents, and the effects of air pollution and atmospheric chemistry upon the environment, and particularly upon human health.


The goal of our work is to understand how the chemical composition of aerosol particles influences their properties in the atmosphere and their effects on clouds and air quality. Our work focuses on characterizing the chemical composition and properties of surface-active organics (surfactants) in atmospheric aerosol particles. We look at the…

The research in the Harrop group focuses on aspects in the area of bioinorganic chemistry. These interests include the rational design and synthesis of structural and functional models of metalloenzyme active sites involved in small molecule activation, especially the superoxide detoxifying enzymes like superoxide reductase (SOR, a non-heme…

The Leach lab employs mass spectrometry to explore the impacts of environmental exposure (infectious disease, emerging pollutants, and radiation) on glycosylation (glycomics) and metabolism (metabolomics). These efforts span traditional chemical instrumentation, analytical method development, and both biomedical and environmental applications.…

The Rotavera group focuses on the discovery of reaction mechanisms of advanced biofuels. One of the goals of our research program is to uncover the links between the molecular structure motifs of biofuels to reaction mechanisms that are relevant to combustion and atmospheric chemistry. Understanding the sequence of chain-reactions involved in…

The Smith group studies the chemistry and optical properties of aerosol particles that are important in the atmosphere.  In particular, we develop instrumentation to measure how they scatter and absorb UV-visible sunlight.

We develop and use a variety of tools such as:

* photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) to measure absorption…

Prof. Geoffrey D. Smith, Department of Chemistry (University of Georgia)

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Ariana Deegan, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry (University of Georgia)

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Prof. Amanda Frossard, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry (University of Georgia)

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