McNeill Group research highlighted in open access collection on “Chemistry in Climate Change” by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Our publication, “Organic matrix effects on the formation of light-absorbing compounds from α-dicarbonyls in aqueous salt solution (Drozd and McNeill, ES:PI 2014) has been included in a special collection of research papers, review articles, and themed collections on the subject “Chemistry in Climate Change” by the Royal Society of Chemistry.  Our paper and all the others in this excellent collection can be read and downloaded for free from the RSC until December 20th, 2014.

Here are a few other articles from the collection that we recommend:

New Publication with Collaborators at Stockholm University and University of Helsinki!

We are very happy to announce a new publication from our collaboration with Prof. Ilona Riipinen of Stockholm University!  Silja Hakkinen, a Ph.D. student at University of Helsinki who is supervised by Prof. Riipinen, visited our laboratory from Summer 2012- Summer 2014 as a Fulbright Scholar.  This paper is result of some of the fantastic work she did during that time.   Great work, Silja!

Effect of inorganic salts on the volatility of organic acids Silja A. K. Häkkinen , V. Faye McNeill , and Ilona A. Riipinen Environ. Sci. Technol., Just Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1021/es5033103

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McNeill Group @ AAAR 2014!

It’s our favorite week of the year, the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)! Catch the following presentations of McNeill group work at the meeting in Orlando, FL:

 

Isoprene oxidation products got your aerosol surface tension down?

The final version of our manuscript, Climate-relevant physical properties of molecular constituents relevant for isoprene-derived secondary organic aerosol material, was published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics!  This work was a result of a collaboration between the McNeill Group and the Geiger and Thomson groups at Northwestern University (the Geiger group led the project) .  This work shows that oxidation products of isoprene, a volatile organic compound emitted in large quantities by plants all over the world, can form films on the surfaces of aerosol particles and depress their surface tension.  This effect can lead to enhanced cloud formation and suppressed aerosol heterogeneous chemistry.

 

Climate-relevant physical properties of molecular constituents for isoprene-derived secondary organic aerosol material. M. A. Upshur, B. F. Strick, V. F. McNeill, R. J. Thomson, and F. M. Geiger Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 10731-10740 (2014)

 

Introducing AIRE: Breathing fresh air into the McNeill Group outreach website!

We’re very happy to announce an initiative to revitalize the McNeill Group outreach website, newly renamed “AIRE.” AIRE is an acronym for “Atmospheric Information Resource for Educators and students”, and is also Spanish for “air.”  We will use this new platform to continue our efforts to bring easy-to-understand, scientifically accurate information about the atmosphere, air pollution, and climate to the public in two languages (English and Spanish).  You can also follow AIRE on twitter at @AIRE_outreach.

AIRE: Atmospheric Information Resource for Educators and students

VFM at UN Women/Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Event

Prof. McNeill attended an event titled “Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way- Raising Ambition for Climate Action” on Monday Sep. 22.  The event was hosted by UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice in conjunction with the UN Climate Summit 2014.

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Panel discussion led by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN Special Climate Envoy, which included Christiana Figueres of UNFCCC

Academic attendees L to R: Raul Lobo, U. Delaware, VFM, Jaehong Kim, Yale, and Laura Fabris, Rutgers

Academic attendees L to R: Raul Lobo, U. Delaware, VFM, Jaehong Kim, Yale, and Laura Fabris, Rutgers

New Publication from McNeill Group Undergrad Research!

We’re excited to announce the publication of our newest paper, “Model Analysis of Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation by Glyoxal in Laboratory Studies: The Case for Photoenhanced Chemistry.” This manuscript, which describes a critical analysis of results from aerosol chamber studies in the literature using the McNeill Group GAMMA model, appeared this week as a “Just Accepted Manuscript” in Environmental Science & Technology. This paper is the result of work done by Andrew Sumner while he was an undergraduate in the Chemical Engineering department at Columbia University. Andrew just started a PhD program at Yale. Congratulations Andrew!

Sumner, A.J., Woo, J.L., and McNeill, V.F., Model Analysis of Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation by Glyoxal in Laboratory Studies: The Case for Photoenhanced Chemistry (2014). Environ. Sci. Technol. Just Accepted Manuscript, doi:10.1021/es502020j

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