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Funding and Support

Federal Funding

Research in the Aerosol Photochemistry group has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They included both single-PI grants awarded to Prof. Nizkorodov and multi-PI grants awarded to groups of researchers.

  • NIH 1R21CA164540-01A1, Vapor and particulate phase smoke components and cardiovascular dysfunction, 09/01/2016 - 08/31/2019, Michael Kleinman(PI), co-investigators include Norbert Staimer, Sergey Nizkorodov, Jim Smith.
  • NOAA NA16OAR4310102, Studies of Atmospheric Brown Carbon Chemistry in Support of the FIREX Campaign, 07/01/2016 - 06/30/19, Dr. Alexander Laskin (co-PI at PNNL), Dr. Julia Laskin (co-PI at PNNL) and Dr. Sergey Nizkorodov (PI at UCI).
  • US EPA 83588101, Effects of Ammonia on Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation in a Changing Climate, 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2018, Donald Dabdub (PI), Sergey Nizkorodov (co-PI).
  • US EPA R835425, Impacts of Household Sources on Outdoor Pollution at Village and Regional Scales in India, 04/01/2014 - 03/31/2017, Kirk Smith, UC Berkeley (PI), our group members participating as co-investigators.
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District, Development of a test center to determine SAE J2719 (and CCR) listed trace contaminants in hydrogen fuel from hydrogen vehicle fueling stations located within the South Coast Air Basin, 08/13/2014 – 04/12/2015, Sergey Nizkorodov (PI), co-investigators: Hyun Ji (Julie) Lee, Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Donald Blake.
  • NSF CHE-1337080, MRI: Acquisition of an Atmospheric Pressure Ionization Mass Spectrometer for Measurements of Trace Gases and Secondary Organic Aerosol Components in Air, 09/01/2013 - 08/31/2016, Prof. Finlayson-Pitts (PI), Prof. Nizkorodov (co-PI), Prof. Donald Blake (co-PI), Michael Kleinman (co-PI), Eric Saltzman (co-PI)
  • NOAA NA13OAR4310062, Combined Laboratory and Field Characterization of Nitrogen-Containing Light-Absorbing Organic Compounds, 08/01/2013 - 07/31/16, Dr. Alexander Laskin (co-PI at PNNL), Dr. Julia Laskin (co-PI at PNNL) and Dr. Sergey Nizkorodov (PI at UCI).
  • NIH 1R21CA164540-01A1, Differential Redox & Electrophilic Toxicities of Modified Tobacco Products, 4/1/2013 - 3/31/2015, Dr. Norbert Staimer (PI), co-investigators include Profs. Ralph Delfino, Rufus Edwards, Michael Kleinman, Sergey Nizkorodov, Nosratola Vaziri.
  • NSF AGS-1227579, Photochemistry in Organic Aerosols, 8/15/2012 - 8/31/2015, Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov (PI).
  • NSF MRI-0923323, MRI: Acquisition of Two High-Resolution Mass Spectrometers for Collaborative Research on Energy Use, Air Quality and Health, 9/01/2009 - 6/30/2010, Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov (PI), Prof. Finlayson-Pitts (co-PI), Prof. Donald Blake (co-PI).
  • NSF CHE-0909227, A Comprehensive Approach to Understanding Chemistry at Interfaces and Atmospheric Implications , 9/01/2009 - 8/30/2014, Prof. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts (PI), co-investigators include Profs. Donald Dabdub, Filipp Furche, John Hemminger, Benny Gerber, Sergey Nizkorodov, and Douglas Tobias.
  • NSF ATM-0831518, Photochemistry of Secondary Organic Aerosol Particles, 9/01/2008 - 8/31/2012, Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov (PI).
  • NSF ATM-0509248, Photochemistry at Organic Particle-Air Interfaces, 7/01/2005 - 6/30/2008, Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov (PI).
  • NSF-EMSI CHE-0431312, Reactions of Atmospheric Relevance at the Air-Water Interface: Developing a Molecular Level Understanding and Application to the Troposphere on Local to Regional Scales, 9/01/2004 - 8/30/2009, Prof. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts (PI), co-investigators include Profs. Donald Dabdub, John Hemminger, Benny Gerber, Sergey Nizkorodov, and Douglas Tobias.

In addition, graduate students in the group have been supported by fellowships. This included NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awarded to Maggie Walser, Amanda MacMillan, Dian Romonosky, Paige Aiona and Kurtis Malecha, DOE Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship (GREF) awarded to Adam Bateman, Ford Predoctoral Fellowship awarded to Paige Aiona, and GAANN fellowships awarded to multiple group members.

Private Foundations

Several foundations have generously provided support for the Aerosol Photochemistry Group research projects over the years.

  • 2007 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Laboratory Studies of Chemical Processes Taking Place in Atmospheric Aerosol Particles, 7/01/2007 - 6/30/2012, awarded to Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov to support his research and education activities.
  • Bavaria California Technology Center (BaCaTeC), New Analytical Tools for Characterization of Precursors of Cloud Condensation Nuclei, 9/2005 - 8/2007, awarded to Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov and Otto Dopfer in support of their collaborative research.
  • Dreyfus Postdoctoral Scholarship in Environmental Chemistry from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, awarded to Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov to recruit and train a postdoctoral researcher (2004-2006). Dr. Jiho Park became the scholar.
  • Research Innovation Award from the Research Corporation, Development of a novel approach for studying the mechanism of ozonolysis of unsaturated fatty acids at gas-solid and gas-liquid interfaces.

 

Internal UC and UCI Support

The group has been generously supported by several intramural sources, including:

  • The UCI Chemistry Department and the School of Physical Sciences have supported the group in multiple ways. Financial support included the initial start-up fund given to the group in 2002; teaching positions offered to the graduate students in the group at different times; dissertation fellowships awarded to multiple group members; support for several small instrument purchases and travel by the UCI Committee on Research and the school dean.
  • The Academic Senate Council on Research, Computing and Library Resources (CORCLR), Inactivation of Human Erythrocyte Glutathione Peroxidase 1 and Cu,Zn Superoxide Dismutase by Air Pollutant-Mediated Oxidative and Electrophilic Stress, 9/01/2008 - 6/30/2009, Prof. Ralph Delfino (PI), Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov (co-PI)
  • UC Cancer Research Coordinating Committee, Effect of Particle Size on Rates of Photodegradation and/or Photoactivation of Carcinogenic PAHs Adsorbed on Atmospheric Soot Aerosol Particles, 7/01/2004 - 6/30/2005, Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov (PI)
  • UCI Graduate Division provided an FMP fellowship for Anthony Gomez (2005-05)
  • UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program provided a graduate fellowship for Xiang Pan (2004-05)

 

 

Private Donations

Monetary donations from private individuals and companies have been invaluable for the group because they make it possible to purchase items than cannot be acquired with federal grants, such as computers, office supplies, furniture items for the graduate student offices. Such donations give the students an opportunity to travel to conferences, buy books, pay for their membership in professional societies, etc.

If you are interested in supporting our research you can do this by sending a check payable to UC Regents to the dean of the School of Physical Sciences (the address is given below). Be sure to indicate in your cover letter that the check is meant for the Aerosol Research Group fund 445954-56114. You will get a formal letter from the dean acknowledging your donation. You can also donate money on-line (select School of Physical Sciences, Department of Chemistry Support).

School of Physical Sciences
Office of the Dean
Suite 164 Rowland Hall
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-4675

Equipment Donations

We are constantly looking for donations of used analytical instruments both for research purposes and also for serving the needs of undergraduate education in the UCI Chemistry Department. If you have research equipment in working condition that you no longer need consider giving it a second life. We are especially interested in the following items:

  • UV/Vis and IR optical instruments such as FTIR spectrometers and spectrophotometers, and accessories for such instruments
  • GC, GCMS, and HPLC chromatographic equipment and accessories
  • Aerosol particle instruments such as particle counters, particle sizers, particle generators, and particle samplers.
  • Research grade lasers and optics
  • Gas monitors for ozone, CO, CO2, NOx, NOy, SO2, and other atmospherically relevant species.
  • Gas handling equipment including mass flow controllers, flow meters, pressure sensors, zero-air generators, ozone generators, etc.
  • Mass-spectrometers
  • Various laboratory instruments and tools such as vacuum pumps, compressors, microscopes, balances, ovens, dewars, cryostats, environmental chambers, deep freezers, leak testers, etc.
  • Various electronics including power supplies, function generators, oscilloscopes, amplifiers, fillters, delay generators, lock-in amplifiers, integrators, counters, etc.

If you have equipment to donate please e-mail Prof. Sergey Nizkorodov at nizkorod@uci.edu or call him at 949-824-1262.

 


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