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Research Group: Current Group Members

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Graduate Students

Paige Aiona

Paige Aiona graduated from Chapman University in 2012, where she did research on water chemistry. She is studying the photochemistry and molecular level composition of light-absorbing aerosols know as "brown carbon". She uses UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy to measure the optical properties, and high resolution mass spectrometry to investigate the molecular level composition. View Paige's curriculum vitae.

Vahe Baboomian

Vahe Baboomian obtained his B.S. degree in physical chemistry from UCI in 2017. He is investigating effects of solar radiation on different types of organic aerosols to better understand how aerosols age in the atmosphere. MEanwhile, his group members are investigating how long it will take before Vahe throws his manual coffee grinder away.

Lauren Fleming

Lauren Fleming graduated from the College of Wooster in 2014. Her honors thesis focused on aqueous photochemistry. In our group, she is investigating photochemistry of biomass burning aerosols in controlled environments and in the field, using mass spectrometry and UV-Vis absorption techniques. She also is a part of the Rowland- Blake group where she analyzes the gaseous products of biomass burning. View Lauren's curriculum vitae.

Alexandra Klodt

Alexandra Klodt came to UCI in the fall of 2017 and joined out group to investigate chemistry of organic compounds occurring in aerosol liquid water. She is a graduate of Iowa State University, and so far finds Southern California much too warm. (We will check back on that in a couple of years).

Julia Montoya-Aguilera

Julia Montoya-Aguilera joined the UCI chemistry graduate program in the summer of 2015 after graduating from Cal State LA, where she did research on production of singlet oxygen from PAH compounds. She joined our group in February 2016. She is investigating the effect of ammonia on the composition and properties of secondary organic aerosols using DART mass spectrometry and other methods. View Julia's curriculum vitae.

Kurtis Malecha

Kurtis Malecha studied chemistry at the Minnesota State University, Mankato. He joined the group at the beginning of 2014. He investigates mechanisms of production of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during condensed-phase photolysis of secondary organic aerosols (SOA). Current air quality models underpredict many of these VOC levels in the atmosphere, so understanding their formation is crucial to better air quality models. Personal website.

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith obtained her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Appalachian State University in 2017. At UCI, she is investigating chemistry occurring in highly viscous aerosol particles. She already has authored a very large number of papers on different topics according to the web of science!

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Staff Scientists

Nujhat Ali Nujhat Ali has graduated from UCI in 2017 with a legendary GPA of 4.00+. She is starting her medical school in the fall of 2018, but in the meanwhile she is running various smog chamber experiments in the group.
Amanda MacMillan Amanda MacMillan joined the group in 2009 to carry out her Ph.D. research on hygroscopic properties of nanoparticles and on organic aerosol chemistry. Following her Ph.D. graduation in 2015, Dr. MacMillan assumed a staff scientist position in the Nizkorodov Group at UCI.
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Undergraduate Students

Suki Gu

Suki Gu is a stellar sophomore student from UCI who is involved 1,000,000 things at UCI including awesome research on the effect of metals on spectra of aerosols.

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PI

Sergey Nizkorodov Sergey Nizkorodov received his education in physical chemistry from the Novosibirsk State University, followed by PhD in Basel University, and two postdoctoral appointments at JILA and Caltech before starting the Aerosol Photochemistry Group at UCI. More details can be found in his short CV, and full CV.
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