McNeill Group @ Columbia University

McNeill Group Research Featured in J. Phys. Chem. A Virtual Special Issue on Atmospheric Physical Chemistry

Our 2013 paper on the photochemical aging of aerosol brown carbon has been featured in a virtual special issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, on Atmospheric Physical Chemistry. From the editor:

It is the vision of this editor that the current collection may serve as a useful tool for generating new ideas, pushing existing boundaries, and motivating new research in atmospheric chemistry. Moreover, this virtual issue may serve as a basis for putting together or updating a graduate course on atmospheric physical chemistry.


First direct detection of organics at the aerosol surface – our new publication in J. Phys. Chem. Lett. !

Picture1We are very happy to announce the publication of our exciting new results demonstrating the first direct detection of organic material at the gas-aerosol interface. This article is the first publication to result from the Columbia-Temple NSF Photoactivator collaboration.

Observation of Organic Molecules at the Aerosol Surface. Yajing Wu, Wanyi Li, Bolei Xu, Xia Li, Han Wang, V. Faye McNeill, Yi Rao, and Hai-Lung Dai J. Phys. Chem. Lett., Just Accepted Manuscript (2016). link to paper

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00872

AIRE gets a new look

AIRE screenshotOur outreach website, AIRE, has a new look!

AIRE is an acronym for “Atmospheric Information Resource for Educators and students” and is also Spanish for “air.” This website has been active since 2008 (under its former name, “Science of the Atmosphere,” until 2014). Our goal is to provide interesting, accessible, scientifically accurate information about our changing environment. We post and tweet in two languages (English and Spanish).  Follow AIRE on twitter at @AIRE_outreach.

AIRE: Atmopsheric Information Resource for Educators and students

Photoactivator Team Meeting

Today we had a very productive meeting with our collaborators from Temple University for an update on our joint NSF project, “Photoactivator Chemistry in Atmospheric Aerosols” (CHE-1506789). Left to right: Dr. Yi Rao (Temple), VFM, Yuan Zeng (Temple), Nabil Khan, Jian Xu, Alison Fankhauser, William Tsui, Yajing Wu (Temple).    20160212_141136-2

Happy Holidays from the McNeill Group!

Happy holidays and a bright 2016 to you and yours, from the McNeill Group (past and present!).

McNeill Group EOS Winter 2015 (L to R: VFM, Aayan, Sammy, MacKenzie, Dexter, William, Hannah, Alison, Jessica, Leah, Linfeng, Nate)


McNeill Group Mini-Reunion 2015 (L to R, back: Sid, Sammy, Joe B, Giuliana, Andrew, Angela, VFM, Aayan, Min, Joe W, Mike, Neha)




New collaborative publication in ACPD: Aqueous organic aerosol chemistry in GEOS-Chem

We are please to announce the publication of our latest collaborative publication in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss! The lead author is Eloise Marais of Harvard University.

Aqueous-phase mechanism for secondary organic aerosol formation from isoprene: application to the Southeast United States and co-benefit of SO2 emission controls Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 32005-32047, 2015

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