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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", along with postdoctoral researcher Dr. Julie Lee. They use UV-Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy to measure the optical properties, while high resolution mass spectrometry is used to investigate the molecular level composition. View Paige's curriculum vitae.

Sandra Blair

Sandra Blair joined the UCI chemistry graduate program after graduating from California State University, Chico. She started her graduate research in the lab in June 2011. She studies the chemical composition of anthropogenic and biogenic organic aerosols using various techniques, and the SOA aging processes induced by gaseous pollutants and/or solar radiation. View Sandra's curriculum vitae.

Mallory Hinks

Lauren Fleming graduated from the College of Wooster. Her honors thesis focused on aqueous photochemistry. She investigates the 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.

Mallory Hinks

Mallory Hinks received her bachelor and MS degree in chemistry from San Diego State University, where she researched surface chemistry in the laboratory of David Pullman. Mallory is investigating the effect of temperature and relative humidity on the photochemical kinetics of organic molecules embedded in secondary organic material (SOM). By altering both the temperature and relative humidity, she is able to study the effect of SOM viscosity on these processes. View Mallory's curriculum vitae.

Amanda MacMillan

Amanda C. MacMillan is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. She joined the group in 2009. Amanda's first research project deals with mechanisms by which water molecules adhere to nanometer-size particles, a fundamentally important process for the formation of cloud and fog droplets. She is also studying the mechanism of SOA formation from diesel fuels and other VOCs. View Amanda'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.

Dian Romonosky

Dian Romonosky graduated from the chemistry department at Millikin University in 2011. She joined the group in early 2012 to do research on the formation, optical properties, and aqueous photochemistry of SOA generated from various biogenic and anthropogenic precursors under different conditions, using primarily HR-MS techniques.   She is interested in how the molecular composition of SOA differs between samples as well as how it changes with irradiation, with a particular emphasis on nitrogen-containing compounds. View Dian's curriculum vitae.

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Undergraduate students

Claire Engelmann

Claire Rebecca Engelmann joined the group in January 2015 to investigate photochemistry of atmospherically relevant carbonyl compounds.

Yujane Chen

Yujane Chen is a summer research intern from Troy High School working on atmospheric photochemistry. View Yujane Chen's resume.

Bonnie Huang

Bonnie Huang is a summer research intern from El Toro High School working on optical properties of atmospheric aerosols. View Bonnie Huang's resume.

Stephanie Kim

Stephanie Kim is working in the lab in 2013-14 on analysis of carbonyls in environmental samples. View Stephanie Kim's resume.

Michael Wu

Michael Wu, a University High School student, is investigating optical properties of atmospheric aerosols.

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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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DOE Collaborators

Alexander Laskin Dr. Alexander Laskin is a senior researcher at the WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a world-class research user facility operated by the Department of Energy. We have collaborated with Dr. Alexander Laskin on applications of high resolution mass spectrometry and other advanced methods to studies of chemistry of biogenic and anthropogenic organic aerosols since 2007. Curriculum Vitae.
Julia Laskin Dr. Julia Laskin is a laboratory fellow in the Chemical and Material Sciences Division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Dr. Julia Laskin uses her expertise in mass spectrometry to develop novel methods for characterization of aerosol samples and biological tissues. Our group members collaborate with Dr. Julia Laskin on studies of chemical aging processes in organic aerosols. Curriculum Vitae.
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