AIChE Environmental Division Graduate and Undergrad Student Paper Awards: Nominate by 8/15

Announcing the 2015 AIChE Environmental Division graduate and undergraduate student paper award competitions.  Send nominations to Prof. McNeill at by Aug 15, 2015.  See links below for more information.

AIChE Environmental Division graduate student paper award

AIChE Environmental Division undergraduate student paper award

simpleGAMMA manuscript published in Geosci. Model Dev. !

We are thrilled to announce the publication of the final version of our manuscript introducing simpleGAMMA, our reduced aqueous mechanism for aqueous aerosol SOA formation, in Geoscientific Model Development!

“simpleGAMMA 1.0 – A reduced model of secondary organic aerosol formation in the aqueous aerosol phase (aaSOA)” JL Woo and VF McNeill, Geosci. Model. Dev. 8, 1821-1829 (2015)  link to paper


Welcome Summer Researchers

The McNeill group extends a warm welcome to all our summer researchers!

Columbia Chem E Undergraduates: Jessica Jocson, Hannah Kim

Columbia Chem E Masters: Xuan Wu

Caltech SURF Fellow: Kayane Dingilian

University of Maine Visiting Summer Researcher: Silvia Vina Lopez


Mario Molina Festschrift in J. Phys. Chem. A!

We are excited to announce the online publication of the Mario Molina Festschrift in J. Phys. Chem. A.! Check out this excellent collection of atmospheric chemistry-themed articles, submitted in honor of Prof. Mario Molina (link).

Prof. McNeill and the other editors of the Festschrift wrote a preface to the special issue in tribute to Prof. Molina (link).

Congratulations to McNeill Group Alumni New NSF Fellows!

Our heartiest congratulations to Mark De Luna (L) and Andrew Sumner (R), new recipients of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Mark is pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at USC, and Andrew is in the Ph.D. program in Chemical and Environmental Engineering  at Yale.  They join a growing list of former McNeill Group undergrads who have gone on to win this award.  Congratulations guys!



New paper featuring the use of simpleGAMMA to model SOAS 2013 data

We’re very pleased to announce the publication of this paper, led by the Surratt Group at UNC.  It is the first example of the application of simpleGAMMA to model and help interpret field measurements of tracer species for aqueous SOA formation.

Examining the effects of anthropogenic emissions on isoprene-derived secondary organic aerosol formation during the 2013 Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) at the Look Rock, Tennessee, ground site
by S.H. Budisulistiorini, X. Li, S.T. Bairai, J. Renfro, Y. Liu, Y.J. Liu, K.A. McKinney, S.T. Martin, V.F. McNeill, H.O.T. Pye, A. Nenes, M.E. Neff, E.A. Stone, S. Mueller, C. Knote, S.L. Shaw, Z. Zhang, A. Gold, and J.D. Surratt

McNeill Group: Feature article and cover of ES&T!

Prof. McNeill was invited to write a Feature article on aqueous atmospheric chemistry for ES&T, which was published in this week’s issue.  She also got to design the cover art to go with the theme of the Feature article!
Environmental Science & Technology
Aqueous Organic Chemistry in the Atmosphere: Sources and Chemical Processing of Organic Aerosols (Feature), V.F. McNeill, Environ. Sci. Technol. (2015) 49 (3) 1237-1244.  link to article 


Got aqueous aerosol SOA formation in your model? simpleGAMMA in GMDD

We are happy to announce that our paper on simpleGAMMA is now available online!  We welcome your comments.

simpleGAMMA is currently being used to analyze data from SOAS 2013, and we are working with collaborators to couple simpleGAMMA with regional and global scale 3D atmospheric chemistry models – please contact Prof. McNeill ( if you are interested in using simpleGAMMA or learning more about it.

simpleGAMMA – A reduced model of secondary organic aerosol formation in the aqueous aerosol phase (aaSOA). J.L. Woo and V.F. McNeill, Geosci. Model. Dev. Discuss. (2015)

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